Politics and Economics of Development – A Critical Inquiry

Semesters: WS 19/20, SS 20
Lecturer: Univ.-Lekt. Monika Mokre Dr. PD

In the third semester (WS 19/20) we discussed theories and practices of development politics and economics as case studies for more general concepts of society and economy. Thus, theories such as modernization theory, dependency theory, world system theory, or institutional change and practices such as development aid, microcredits, and the UN Development Goals will be presented and linked to more general concepts such as liberalism and neo-liberalism, Marxism, Institutionalism, or Post-Colonialism. Further we looked into the “development” of “underdeveloped” countries forms a goal of international, bi- and multilateral politics. Development politics have been theoretically conceptualized and practically implemented in different and frequently contradictory ways. These considerations and implementations of development politics are based on different theories, ideologies, and philosophies on the aims of development – or, to put it in another way, on utopias of a good society.


In the fourth semester (SS 20)  we continued to discuss reasons for development and underdevelopment. We start up by dealing with historical reasons for uneven development (slavery and colonialism), move on to the contemporary world order (sovereignty, international regulation, the influence of the World Bank and IMF on development, free trade agreements) and also tackle questions of democracy, cultural differences, and the influence of new modes of communication.


Individual Project
Format: Paper, Poster and Presentation
Topic 1: Impact of Image Mapping on Frontier Zones – Technology, Politics and Ethics
Topic 2: The Shock Doctrine – Naomi Klein