Fall 2021 - HIST 358 D100

Development, Aid and Difference in Historical Perspective (4)

Class Number: 5507

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2021: Mon, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units, including six units of lower division history.



Examines "International Development" within a series of historical frames, including the history of imperialism, the history of international relations, globalization, and the cultural and intellectual history of North-South relations. Students who have credit for IS 358 may not take HIST 358 for further credit.


How is global development in the contemporary period affected by legacies of the past? What does development for the poor mean in a world economic system with a neoliberal ethos? How are the effects of international development felt differently outside of the Western hemisphere? Crucially, how have movements of resistance affected our understanding of what development should be?

This course engages with these questions in considering the longer histories of empire and colonial legacies as a backdrop to the global system in which international institutions regulate global development and the provision of aid. Throughout the focus remains on how colonial legacies are implicated in the ideas and practices around development, as well as in the local movements that resist the hegemonic control of development discourse.

The course will specifically draw on examples from non-Western countries. The case studies discussed in this course range from the strategies used by Adivasis in the hills of India, to Indonesian small farmers and the EZLN in Chiapas. No prior knowledge of these movements is required.


  • Class Participation 15%
  • Debate and write-up 15%
  • Book review 20%
  • Historical Case Study: a visual essay 15%
  • Research Essay 35%



There is no textbook for this course. All readings will be circulated via canvas.

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