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Rudolf Batliner: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2016

NameMr Rudolf Batliner
Professur für Entwicklungsökonomie
ETH Zürich, CLD
Clausiusstrasse 37, CLD
8092 Zürich
Telephone044 632 50 95
Fax044 632 12 07
DepartmentHumanities, Social and Political Sciences

865-0007-00LHistory and Forms of International Development Cooperation Restricted registration - show details
Only for MAS in Development and Cooperation.
3 credits4GR. Batliner
AbstractThis course presents the orgins and evolution of the International Development Cooperation during the last six decades und relates the changing paradigms to their political and socio-economic contexts. It looks at the different actors with their spefic roles, approaches and challenges from a Swiss as well as a global perspective.
ObjectiveThe studenta are able to ...
- analyse the evolution of the Internationel Development Cooperation, selected develpment theories and their practical application in the historic context
- describe the Swiss landscape of actors in Development Cooperation and its integration into the international community of donors.
- assess possible implications of the Agenda 2030 for the structure and practice of the international cooperation
Content- History of the international Development Cooperation: beginnings, change development theories over the time
- International eforts to increase sustainablility and aid effectiveness
- Swiss bilaterale agencies for development: SDC and SECO
- Multilateral development agencies and banks: UN-agencies and Bretton Woods Intitutions
- Non-governmental Organisations: Challenges today - in Switzerland and in partner countries
- Economy. Private foundation and philanthropie: New actors with high aspirations
- Humanitarian Aid between intervention in crises, prevention and development tasks
865-0067-00LFoundations of Sustainable Development Practice Restricted registration - show details
Generally only for MAS in Development and Cooperation.

Two MACIS students will be admitted to this course. MACIS students are asked to directly contact the MAS administration NADEL for course enrollment.
1 credit1GD. Molnar, R. Batliner
AbstractThe course provides students with an introduction to concepts of sustainable development, with an emphasis on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Both conceptual and practical issues are presented, with the intention of challenging students to critically assess and debate on current issues of global development.
ObjectiveThe students are able to:
- define the main underlying concepts of the SDGs like "sustainability" and "development";
- explain the background of the Agenda 2030, its intention, the process of its development and the guiding principles for its implementation;
- discuss practical difficulties in pursuing and achieving sustainable development through development & cooperation interventions;
- describe the relevant actors and their roles and responsibilities;
- discuss the merits and the limitations of such an ambitious, multi-disciplinary, universally agreed upon framework;
- examine what the SDGs could mean for "developed nations" like Switzerland.
Content- Setting the stage: What is sustainable? What is development? Why Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
- The Agenda 2030: 17 goals and 169 targets
- Actors: Who are the actors in the SDG debate? How do these actors influence decisions? What are the roles of civil society, of the private sector, and of governments in implementing the SDGs?
- Switzerland: What does the Agenda 2030 mean for Switzerland's national and international agendas? Which SDGs does Switzerland focus on at home and abroad?
- Focus on a selection of SDGs and their related targets (not dealt with in other courses).
865-0068-00LJustice and Normative Aspects of Development Restricted registration - show details
Only for MAS in Development and Cooperation.
2 credits3GF. Brugger, R. Batliner
AbstractThis course discusses ethical questions of development relevant for intenrational cooperation. Examples include: possibilities and limits of normative justification of development aid; theories of justice, human rights and the 'rights-based' approach to development, epistemological foundations of development theories, ethical questions of globalization.
ObjectiveWhat is justice and why are human rights valid? What is development and what is the responsiblity of the State? The answers always include normative judgements. Where these normative dimensions remain implicit, international development cooperation risks the unreflected export of its own value and belief systems. This course enables students to identfy implicit normative dimensions, put them into the ethical context and to critically reflect on those normative aspects.