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Narrating Global Development

Spring 2022: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30pm-2:45pm

Durham Hall, Room 135

How have concepts of global development changed?


How is global development measured and visualized?


How is development work practice?


How is meaning constructed and produced with narratives and discourse?


What is global development?

This Lab investigates the concept and practice of global development as a political, economic, and social practice. Faculty and students will consider the origins of concepts like "developed" or "under-developed," First and Third World, and related global visions and global practices narrated in history, literature, theology, philosophy, film, government policies, and aid discourse. We will take a global perspective to help us explore issues of inequality, marginalization, and access to resources in Arizona, the United States and around the world. We will be driven by two essential questions: How are understandings of global development constructed and how is power derived from these narratives?


  • Collaborators TBA

Impact Outcomes

Learn about final impact outcomes and student experiences in the Lab HERE.

Narrating Global Development in the News

At the Humanities Lab, we strive to ensure our Labs are relevant and current. Here are some recent articles about global development in today’s news!

Memo To People Of Earth: 'Third World' Is An Offensive Term!
Navigating Our Global Future - Ian Goldin

Enrollment Information

Spring 2022: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30pm-2:45pm

Durham Hall Building, Room 135, Session C

Humanities Lab Future of Innovation in Society
HUL 494 and 598 FIS 494
Portuguese School of Global Studies
POR 494 and 598 SGS 494
School of International Letters and Cultures Political Science
SLC 494 and 598 POS 494
Global Technology and Development
GTD 598


Instructional Team

Seize the Moment

This Lab is presented through Seize the Moment, an initiative of Leonardo, the Humanities Lab, and the Global Futures Laboratory at Arizona State University. In an alarming syndemic of intersecting crises—the coronavirus pandemic, racial injustice and accompanying civil unrest, and cascading environmental hazards—Seize the Moment addresses the grand challenges of the day through transdisciplinary arts, science, technological, and humanities collaborations in research, pedagogy, and public engagement. To learn more, visit our website at

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