Bachelor's Programme in Global Development Studies
Global Development Studies, 1-year Programme
Language of instruction
On successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
recognise and discuss how culture influences how we understand, think about and do development
explain how international development discourses and practices shape and are shaped by local realities
apply practical experiences as cases in discussing cultural and social variation and differentiation
explain different factors that produce economic and social inequalities within groups and countries
describe and analyse development challenges and strategies applied by different local actors
use ethnographic methods in data collection, data analysis, and presentation of research findings through a fieldwork exercise
A four-week field course is developed and organised in collaboration with our partner universities in either Africa (Tanzania, Uganda), Asia (Indonesia, Sri Lanka) or Latin America (Bolivia). A field course will also be offered in Norway. The overall objective of the field course is to give students an opportunity to link theoretical knowledge and insights gained from the introductory courses with local realities and practices. This is done through lectures, visits to relevant institutions, organisations and projects, and with interaction with local stakeholders and practical field exercises.
There will be lectures, seminars, readings and information meetings prior to and during the field course. Group work is compulsory and takes place during and after the field course. Estimated workload is 270 hours.
Participation in the preparatory lectures and meetings and the field course programme (lectures, excursions, visits, fieldwork etc.) is required. More information will be available in Canvas.
Assessment methods and criteria
Portfolio assessment based on group work. More Information will be given in Canvas and in lectures. Graded pass/fail.
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).
Students participating in the four-week field course abroad, UT-109, will need to cover food, accomodation, and travel during the field course (normally between 12 000 -15 000 kr) and the air ticket. Students who are eligible for support in Lånekassen (the State Educational Loan Fund in Norway) can apply for support to cover travel expenses.
For students who are not able to participate in the field course abroad, there will be a field course taking place in Norway. Accomodation and travel during the field course in Norway will be covered. However, students must cover their own food expenses. More information will be given in Canvas in the first semester.