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851-0512-05L  Development Cooperation from a Biographical Point of View

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersG. Spuhler
Periodicitynon-recurring course
Language of instructionGerman

Catalogue data

AbstractThe Archives of Contemporary History provide 75 video interviews with contemporary witnesses who report on their missions abroad for swiss humanitarian aid and development cooperation. Based on selected interviews the motives of their commitment and the experience in a foreign country are examined.
ObjectiveThe course provides basic knowledge about the beginnings of modern development aid and its increasing professionalism. It aims for a critical and historically informed reflection on the transfer of knowledge and technology between the first and the third world. Furthermore it sharpens the critical awareness of the possibilities and limitations of retrospective accounts of eyewitnesses.
LiteratureGregor Spuhler / Lea Ingber / Sonja Vogelsang: Auslandhilfe als biografische Erfahrung. In: Handlungsfeld Entwicklung. Schweizer Erwartungen und Erfahrungen in der Geschichte der Entwicklungsarbeit (Itinera 35). Hg.: Sara Elmer et al., Basel 2014, S. 253-279.
Thomas Gull / Dominik Schnetzer: Die andere Seite der Welt. Was Schweizerinnen und Schweizer im humanitären Einsatz erlebt haben, Baden 2011.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersG. Spuhler
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.

Learning materials

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851-0512-05 UEntwicklungszusammenarbeit aus biografischer Perspektive
Ort: Archiv für Zeitgeschichte, Hirschengraben 62
2 hrs
Fri10-12HRG H 5 »
09.12.10-12IFW A 34 »
G. Spuhler


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GESS Science in PerspectiveHistoryWInformation
History and Philosophy of Knowledge MasterLectures and ExercisesWInformation