Required Readings: Development


Introducing the readings:

This unit's readings provide an introduction to development. The Arvanitakis and Hornsby (2017) core reading (adapted by Katherine Michel) assesses global trends, defines poverty, considers structural conditions that make development difficult, describes efforts at reducing poverty (e.g., aid, trade), and grapples with the effects of globalization on development.

The first excerpt from Soubbotina (2004a) considers how to define and operationalize level of development. The second excerpt from Soubbotina (2004b) expands on these (mainly economic) development operationalizations by also considering health measures.

To go beyond questions of conceptualization and operationalization, the Labrador (2018) reading looks at development in one case: Haiti. This reading pushes students to consider what factors can hinder development (see complementary worksheet).