Ethics and Governance in International Development

Please note: this is archived course information from 2023 for DEVELOP 713.


This course addresses the ethical dilemmas and governance challenges arising from conflicting goals and interests in international development.

Balancing competing demands of various stakeholders through appropriate governance mechanisms requires an in-depth understanding of the values and judgements that inform societal choices and political decision-making. Students shall be familiarised with ethical debates in international development and enabled to engage in ethically informed conversations on contemporary development challenges.

Course outcomes

By the end of this semester, students should know:

  • The interconnections between food, water and energy security
  • Major ethical debates surrounding the food, water and energy nexus and approaches to governing the nexus
  • The societal, political and economic transformations that are essential to support the transition to integrated and ethically sound food, water and energy systems

By the end of this semester, students should be able to:

  • Critically read course materials and reflect on their underlying ethical frameworks and moral viewpoints
  • Research and write a major essay on a contemporary issue pertaining to the food, water and energy nexus and explore its ethical dimensions and governance challenges
  • Communicate ethical arguments in a reflective, coherent, informed and unbiased manner in both written and verbal form

Availability 2023

Not taught in 2023


Lecturer(s) Professor Andreas Neef


DEVELOP 713: 15 points