Course code EDS102

EDS102 Introduction to Development Thinking

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Course responsible: 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: 2013H
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. This has included: Espen Sjaastad, Arild Vatn, Tor Arve Benjaminsen, Frances Cleaver, Darley Kjosavik, Shai Divon, Ellen Stensile, Selam Ataklt Hailemichael, Jill Buseth and Betsy Bemer-Faris.

There will be an essay test in class after the first block. There will be a take-home essay test after the second block. Each student will take an oral examination after the third block. 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.
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:
The students need to pass the test after the first block and participate in 2/3 of the weekly seminars.
The first exam will be on a Pass\Fail basis. There will be an evaluation after the end of the 2nd and 3rd block: At the end of the 2nd block a take-home exam will be given worth 45 % of the final grade. At the end of the 3rd block an oral exam will be given worth 55% of the final grade. Exam in ENGLISH ONLY.
Nominal workload:
Structured instruction time (lectures: 48 hrs, seminars: 24 hrs) plus independent study. Total of 450 hours student work.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Students who have previously taken EDS106 Development Seminar will get a reduction of 5 ECTS.
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 used for the oral exam. 
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / F