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Contemporary trends in development studies(a discussion seminar) - MZ340M11
Title in English: Contemporary trends in development studies (a discussion seminar)
Guaranteed by: Department of Social Geography and Regional Develop. (31-340)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Actual: from 2019
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 5
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:1/1 Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: unlimited
Min. number of students: 5
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Guarantor: doc. RNDr. Josef Novotný, Ph.D.
Incompatibility : MZ340M11Z
Is incompatible with: MZ340M11Z
Annotation - Czech
Last update: PhDr. Dagmar Milerová Prášková (19.12.2016)
The aim of the seminar is to complement the Development Studies course and other related courses taught at Department of Social Geography and Regional Development. Students participating in the seminar will be provided an insight into the current debates on selected topics in development. The seminar will be as interactive as possible, maximizing student’s participation. The course will introduce the students to the recent theoretical and methodological developments in crucial issues such as: Food Security, Resources and Conflict, Development and Media or Gender and Development, among other topics. All teachers of the seminar have experience in working abroad and can offer their own practical insights into many issues challenging the developing countries. Seminar will be concluded by a model conference, where students will present their semestral work and thus practice and improve their presentation skills. Students will choose between a presentation of their written essay or a video-essay presentation of their work. Both Czech and international students (primarily but not exclusively master level students) interested in current trends in development are invited to participate in this course. The language of the course is English.
Last update: PhDr. Dagmar Milerová Prášková (18.02.2019)

1.    Development Ltd. (Feb 20, 2019, Dasa, Adam)


  • Introduction, who are we, who are you

  • Course structure

  • Requirements: attendance 70%

  • Presentation



2.    MDGs and SDGs (Feb 27; Adam)

  • Background of MDSs – potential and risks

  • SDGs – we can observe the progress from MDGs – potential and risks

  • How will 2030 agenda look like?


Mandatory reading:



3.    Development and Gender (March 6; Dagmar)

  • Role of women

  • Women and development, women in development

  • Beijing 1995 conference


Mandatory reading:



4.    Food security (March 13; Dagmar)

  • Case study from Ethiopia

  • Risk of hunger in cash crops exporting country

  • We want to map debate from food security to food sovereignty




  • Oakland Institute (2016): Miracle or Mirage? Manufacturing Hunger and Poverty in Ethiopia,   

  • Pinstrup-Andersen, P. (2009): Food security: definition and measurement. Food Security, Vol. 1. No. 1, p. 5-7.

  • Borras, S., Hall, R., Scoons, I., White, B., Wolford, W. (2011): Towards a better understanding of global land grabbing: an editorial introduction. The Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol. 38, No. 2, p. 209-216.


5.    Global movements (March 20; Adam)

  • Case studies: Coca cola in India, Veolia in Bolivia (Youtube Abuello Grillo), Via Campesina

  • Water issues, movements against development


Mandatory reading:



- mandatory document: SCHOOLING THE WORLD (

- written resumé (up to 1800 signs): pros & cons of the film; the most important idea, what did you get from the film

6.    Education (Apr 3; Adam)

  • Debate on Schooling the World

  • Role of primary education


Mandatory reading:



7.  Aid Effectiveness (Apr 10; Dagmar)

  • Stereotypes

  • Sachs, Easterley - White Man's Burden, main arguments


Mandatory reading:




8.    Sustainable consumption (Apr 17; Dagmar)

  • North and South linkages

  • Food waste, plastic pollution


Mandatory reading:



9. Post-Development (Apr 24; Adam)

  • Arturo Escobar

  • Post-extractivism, degrowth, resilient cities

  • Urban gardening, waste issues, free food

  • Against one fits for all





!!! MAY 1st + MAY 8 – national holidays, NO LECTURES

- mandatory document: BLOOD IN THE MOBILE (

- written resumé, pros & cons of the film, the most important idea, what did you get from the film


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