Module Two – Development Theory: Discussion Prompt
In the introduction of the The No Nonsense Guide to International Development, author Maggie Black presents a history of various theories and practices of development. Your assignment for this weekâ€™s course discussion is to find one contemporary news story that discusses or portrays some aspect of the theories or practices of development discussed in the No Nonsense Guide reading selection assigned for Module Two.
The news story you select can be about anywhere in the world, but it should have been written in the past three years, and it must have come from a reputable popular news source, such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC News, etc. Avoid tabloid publications and blogs of individual journalists. You may use written, video or audio sources.
Your discussion post should include the following:
In 350 words-
- State the full title of the news story and include complete bibliographic information on the source (include website as well as a formal bibliographic citation).
- In three to four sentences, summarize the main claims of the story. This is harder to do than it may seem – focus on the key arguments made; do not recount all details.
- In two well-written paragraphs, explain how this story relates to ONE development theory or practice from the reading. Begin by briefly summarizing the theory or development from the reading selection by Maggie Black. Refer to the relevant passages in the text and include page numbers. Your news story may confirm the theory, refute the theory, demonstrate an example of the practice in action, etc. Discuss if you think the development practice or theory is effective, problematic, ineffective, etc. Be specific and support your opinions with evidence and reasoning.
Some Rubric (1)
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeBibliographic Information
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSummary of Article
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeRelation to Development Theory
Total Points: 10.0