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Historical exploration of the global evolution of the concept of internationaldevelopment from the 19th century to the present. A core theme will be an examination how the concept has been used by colonial powers, nation states, newly independent nations, and nongovernmental actors to further their agendas. Focus will be placed on the ideologies that often drove development projects and how development could often be a means for powers to compete with each other and extend their influence. Discuss multiple approaches to development and that it was a site of contestation for those subject to development agendas. Attention will also be placed on the unintended consequences of development as well as the environmental, social, and cultural costs.