Having completed the course, the student will be able to:
distinguish between and use various development theories
identify the main development actors
differentiate between development strategies and critically discuss these by use of examples
critically analyse strategies for sustainable development at the global, national/regional and local levels
explain globalisation, urbanisation and mobility processes and discuss the consequences of these
discuss how gender, inequality, power, and participation relate to development discourses and practices
analyse and illustrate how local, national/regional and global processes are interconnected by using relevant case studies and examples
The course will introduce the student to central themes and topics in international development. It will look at the historical background for development studies, encourage critical reflection of various development perspectives and ideologies, and it will uncover how development discourses have changed over time. A main focus of the course will be on development theories, strategies and practices. The course will enable the student to better understand and analyse development strategies and practice in various contexts by use of examples. Central themes will be introduced, such as sustainable development; poverty and inequality; globalisation; environment and climate change; gender and development; rural and urban development; participation and power.
Lectures, seminars, and group work. The total amount of work is 27 hours per credit
The student must have received a pass on the compulsory group work and the work handed in. More information will be available in Canvas.
Assessment methods and criteria
A 3-day individual home exam. Graded from A-F.
The study program coordinator and the student representative determine the evaluation form, and whether the courses/subjects are to be assessed mid-way or upon completion (cf. the quality system, chapter 4.1. Information about the course/subject will be published in Canvas).