1 Introduction—The rationale for the course: Why is it important to understand the difference between conventional theories and actual outcomes?  
2 Overview of conventional theories of development, planning, and implementation Implementation Puzzle due
3 One modernity or multiple modernities?  
4 Assessment of development and planning efforts: What has worked and what has not?  
5 Bottom-up versus top-down development  
6 Comprehensive versus incremental planning Mid-term due
7 Under what conditions do public sector institutions perform well?  
8 Is politics a hindrance to, or essential for planning?  
9 How do development professionals define what is ethical practice?  
10 Rigidity versus flexibility  
11 Modes of evaluation: What is useful knowledge for practitioners?  
12 The social construction of learning institutions  
13 Surety of purpose or humility of not knowing the answer? Final Paper due

Course Info

As Taught In
Fall 2015
Learning Resource Types
Written Assignments with Examples