169401 Development innovation

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Probst, Lorenz
Centre for Development Research
Offered in
Wintersemester 2017/18
Languages of instruction


‘Development Innovation’ looks at theory and practice of ‘development’ with a focus on natural resource management.

Usually, development is understood as an effort to overcome a lack of some kind in a specific region. It has been a powerful concept over the past 50 years.

Today, both the theoretical justification of development and its practice are in a crisis – yet, as global inequalities persist, the questions: “Should we intervene? How should we intervene? What are the consequences of intervention?” continue to be highly relevant.

In ‘Development Innovation’, we identify main actors in development from the 1960s till today. By analyzing writings and actions of these actors, we can summarize dominant development theory and action. This will enable us to recognize patterns of interaction and understand the crisis of development today. Together, we will debate on future options to address global development challenges.

The course ‘Development Innovation’ is an entry point to the teaching program of the Centre for Development Research at BOKU. It will provide you with the understanding and vocabulary to benefit from the advanced courses on systems, change processes and methods.

Previous knowledge expected


Commitment to work in teams!

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

• Identify the main actors and their roles in international development.
• Summarize development theory and praxis from the 1960s to the 2010s.
• Apply paradigms of development theory and practice to specific project cases.
• Recognize patterns of interaction in development cooperation.
• Understand the crisis of development today.
• Debate on future strategies and necessary mind-sets to address global development challenges.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.