Course code EDS102

EDS102 Introduction to Development Thinking

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Course responsible: Darley Jose Kjosavik, Darley Jose Kjosavik
Teachers: William Derman
ECTS credits: 15
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2013-2014
Preferential right:
Course contents:

The course comprises three blocks:

1. Introduction to key social science concepts used in development. These include: institutions, structure and agency, power, the market, culture and ethnicity, and the state.

2. Introduction to theories of development. We explore the history of development before examining modernisation, dependency, Marxism, neoliberalism, human rights, poverty and inequality.

3. Concepts of environment and development. We explore the history of the concept of sustainable development, the risk society, the green economy, gender and the environment, the valuing of ecosystems services, market environmentalism and the no-growth economy. 

The course makes use of guest lecturers who are members of the Noragric scientific staff: Bill Derman,  Espen Sjaastad, Arild Vatn, Tor Arve Benjaminsen, Shai Divon, Erik Gomez-Baggethun, Poul Wisborg.

In addition to lectures the students will participate in weekly seminars.

Learning outcome:
Students will be given a comprehensive introduction to development thinking through a focus on basic social science concepts, development theory, and the history of development, and the roots and theory of sustainable development and environment-development relations.
Learning activities:
This course is based on lectures and weekly seminars. The students will engage with theory, selected topics and literature in weekly seminars. The course also requires self-study in preparing to attend lectures and seminars.

The course literature will consist of the following:

Block 1.

Cleaver, F. (2007) Understanding Agency in collective action¿, in: Journal of Human Development  8 (2), pp. 233-44.Jones et al (2011) Ch. 1. An introduction and Ch. 7. Social structure and social actions. In: Pip Jones, Liz Bradbury & Shaun Le Boutillier (2011) Introducing social theory. Cambridge: Polity (2 edition).Leftwich A. (2011) Theorizing the state. In: Burnell PJ, Randall V and Rakner L (eds) Politics in the developing world. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 223-240.Lukes, Ch. 1 (2005). What is power?, in Lukes, S. (2005) Power: A radical view. London: Palgrave (2 edition), 14-59.Eagleton, T. (2000). The Idea of Culture. Chapter 1. Long, N. (2001) ¿The case for an actor-oriented sociology of development¿ in  Development Sociology: Actor Perspectives. London, Routledge, pp. 9-29. Sarah Radcliffe. (2006). Chapter 1 in Culture and Develpoment in a Globalizing World: Geographies, actors and paradigms. Scott, W. Richard. (2008) Ch 3. Crafting an Analytic Framework I: The Pillars of Institutions. Institutions and Organizations: Ideas and Interests. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 47-71.

Block 2. K. Willis (2011) Theories and practices of development,  London:Routledge.

Block 3. W.M. Adams (2009) Green Development, London:Routledge.

Dietz, Rob, and Daniel W. O'Neill. (2013) Enough is enough: building a sustainable economy in a world of finite resources, London: Routledge

Tilt, Bryan,(2015) Dams and development in China : the moral economy of water and power New York: Columbia University Press.

Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:

1. The students must attend a least 70% of the lecturers

2. The students must participate in at least 70% of the seminars

3. Mid-term : Take home exam (after first Block): Pass/Fail 


The course will have one exam: (Only in English)

Take home assignment (short essays): 100% (A-F grading)

Nominal workload:
Structured instruction time (lectures: 48 hrs, seminars: 24 hrs) plus independent study. Total of 375 hours student work.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Type of course:
Lectures: 2x2 hours a week, 48 hours in total. Seminars: 2 hours a week, 24 hours in total.
External examiner will be involved in the preparation and approval of the Late term Take home assignment. 
Examination details: Home exam: Letter grades