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BHIS 1840A - International Development and Diplomacy, 1945- 2017

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 34

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The provision of aid to developing countries has become an increasingly important part of contemporary international relations. The number of aid donors has increased, and the total amount of aid given to developing countries has risen significantly. For many developing countries, relations with development agencies have become a central part of their international affairs, and for some of the most aid dependent states, foreign assistance has become central to their ability to provide services to their population. For donor states, the provision of development aid has become an important diplomatic instrument for achieving such objectives as getting new political allies, opening markets, or fighting terrorism. This course introduces students to the theory, institutional architecture, and practice of international development since 1945. We will try to address some of the “big questions” (what does development mean? What are the different theories of change?) while providing an overview of existing knowledge and practices.


  • CERISOLA, Anne-Sophie (Responsable du pilotage de la stratégie Europe et international , Ministère de l'agriculture et de l'alimentation)
  • SERVIERES, Laurie (Doctorante)

Course validation

The course format will include both lectures and facilitated class discussions of the issues raised in each week's readings. Students are expected to do all the required reading for each week to participate effectively in class. Assignments and distribution of grade: three short essays (1500 words max) discussing sources (30%), a mid-term exam (20%) and a final research paper (40%). Regular attendance is essential for the successful completion of the course (10%).