6 July 2010
International Development Studies
The course provides a multidisciplinary analysis of global poverty and of development on global, national and local levels. A thematic approach is applied. Country comparisons are made in lectures and through active participation of the group. For the sake of perspective, selected examples from the development of Norway are used. Special attention is given to North/South relations and to the role of civil society and development cooperation in poverty alleviation.
This course is offered in cooperation with the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo.
Minimum Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in social sciences or development studies, and preferably some professional experience from development aid organizations or projects, and some theoretical background in development discourse.
The objective of the course is to build new understanding of development issues on the basis of a dialogue structured around some key issues. It aims at giving a critical at providing insight into development thinking and how it has been and can be translated into practice. Students will acquire an understanding of the historical roots and the present forces that reproduce poverty and an ability to examine socio-economic development, with special emphasis on the provision of basic human needs and sustainability.
Form of evaluation: Final written examination, group paper, and active class participation. Grading based on the ECTS grading system A-B-C-D-E-F.
USD 3635: On campus fee, room & board included