Barcelona, Spain

Development, Environment and Social Justice

when 15 July 2024 - 26 July 2024
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 150

The course critically examines the construction of the 'development' concept, tracing its ties to capitalism and its roots in colonialism and mercantilism. It questions the outcomes, focusing on the reproduction of social inequalities and environmental consequences globally, nationally, and locally. Students are expected to develop a critical understanding of environmental conditions linked to political, economic, and social processes within modified societal structures influenced by market forces. The course provides conceptual tools and empirical knowledge to understand the origins of uneven geographical development. Divided into parts, it covers critical development theories, explores development as a "globalization project," and reviews systematic alternatives and critiques of the sustainable project. Key concepts are illustrated through case studies and an Approach Based on Projects (ABP), aligning with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and offering insights into countering uneven geographical development globally.

Course leader

Harold Mera León

Target group

Undergraduated students (Sophomore, Junior and Senior)

Fee info

EUR 150: Registration fee (non refundable)
EUR 750: Tuition fee (non refundable)


Non UPF students from universities with an international exchange partnership with UPF will be exempt of paying the 150€ non refundable registration fee.