Critical Perspectives and Current Debates in Global Development
Language of instruction
UT-101, UT-107, UT-113, UT-114 and UT-204.
On successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
provide an overview of and discuss emerging debates and current issues in global development
explain and make use of key readings and perspectives within the specific themes of the course
critically discuss different development strategies and responses to poverty and inequality
recognise and debate how the application of different theories and methodological approaches to knowledge construction influence research fields and topics
acquire and critically evaluate literature on topics and perspectives relevant for their own thesis proposal
This course provides students with an advanced discussion of critical perspectives in development research. The course builds on themes and topics introduced in courses during the first and second year of the BA programme and focuses on the dynamics of “ruling relations” and agency in the field of development. Current development debates will be discussed critically through use of examples. The specific content of the course is likely to change from year to year and will include a wide range of topics related to development, including poverty and inequality, ranging from migration, socio-environmental challenges and social movements, via dominant paradigms in development policy, to new forms of global citizenship and citizen initiatives. The course is intended to provide a foundation for undertaking fieldwork and writing the bachelor thesis, as well as preparing students for future postgraduate studies in global development.
Lectures and seminars. Estimated workload is 270 hours.
Compulsory participation in seminars, both as presenters and as respondents to fellow students. More information will be available in Canvas.
Assessment methods and criteria
Individual oral presentation with examination. Graded A-F.
The person responsible for the course decides, in cooperation with student representative, the form of student evaluation and whether the course is to have a midway or end of course evaluation in accordance with the quality system for education, chapter 4.1.