Bachelor's Programme in Planning and Communication
Bachelor's Programme in Development Studies
Development Studies, 1-year Programme
Language of instruction
After completing the course, students will be able to:
discuss and apply different approaches to the concept of culture, identification of culture and cultural systems
analyse how historical developments and processes of colonization and decolonization shape perceptions of modernity, otherness and knowledge
discuss relations of culture and power: Cultural hegemony, domination, resistance, discrimination, universalization, cultural relativism
identify and discuss constructions and key markers of cultural identity: sense of belonging in complex societies, otherness, gender, ethnicity, class, “race”
explain and critically discuss approaches to cultural diversity: Ethnicity, "us and them", representations of difference, orientalism, “civilization meetings”
identify and discuss cultural processes and consequences of mobility: globalization, migration, transnationality, diaspora
analyse how religion influences discourses, structures and everyday life in different contexts
apply analysis of culture and communication on cases: signs and symbols, cultural representations, knowledge and power
The course provides a basic introduction to social science perspectives on culture. We emphasise the complexity of the concept of culture and how it is a focal entry point for understanding how people think and act, and how cultural understanding affects the organization and development of society. The concept of culture can be seen in the context of a number of other key social science concepts such as identity, power, mobility, diversity, and communication.
Lectures and group work. Estimated workload 27 hours per credit
Participation in compulsory group work and/or seminars
Assessment methods and criteria
Portofolio assessment with written assignments after each module. More information will be given in Canvas and in lectures. Graded 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).