Course code ECN350

ECN350 Development and Global Change

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Course responsible: Stein Terje Holden
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually,
First time: Study year 2009-2010
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The course focuses on global challenges of high relevance for developing countries. It includes controversies in development where there are competing views and theories. The global challenges include climate change and policy responses, population growth and employment creation, migration and youth unemployment, land degradation and land policies, local and global food security. Contradicting perspectives include theories on rationality of agents, Malthus versus Boserup, Hardin versus Ostrom, Free Trade versus Protectionism.
Learning outcome:

Students will familiarize themselves with many of the big development challenges and learn about alternative perspectives related to these, based on literature and internet sources provided through Canvas.

Each student will select two issues that they will dig deeper into and write two essays each about using a scientific style of writing. This will require that they search for additional literature and synthesize the information and write it up in a logical way (in English).

The students will present their essays to each other and get and give feedback on presentation techniques and contents.

Learning activities:

Study of material in Canvas (Readings, links to YouTube films, Exercises

Preparation of two essays on two self-selected issues

Presentation of own essays to other students (& teacher).

Teaching support:

Canvas material (literature, YouTube links, exercises, guidelines for essay writing)

Supervision related to essay topic choice and essay writing.

Material prepared in Canvas (multiple surces)
Basic knowledge in Economics 
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Participation in essay presentations in class.
Writing of two essays and presentation of these in class. The essays and presentations are the basis for the grade in the course (A-F) accounts for 100%.
External sensor assesses the course outline and material.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått