Course code EDS230

EDS230 Development Politics

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Course responsible: Esben Leifsen, Shai André Divon
Teachers: Leif Tore Trædal
ECTS credits: 10
Department: 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 of an introduction into the aid industry, its workings, main actors and the politics of development, a section dedicated to critical perspectives on development and aid, and a final section on development futures, looking at new actors, agendas and politics within the field of development and aid.
Learning outcome:

By actively participating in this course the students

  • will be familiar with institutions and actors within the aid industry and the different stances on the merits of aid,
  • have core knowledge about critical perspectives on development thinking and practices, drawing on critical social theory,
  • engage in thinking about current perspectives on development and changing constellations of power in a multipolar world,

Through the course the students also develop:

  • academic discussion skills; linking readings to group and plenary discussions of specific themes,
  •  information search and presentation skills through the work in seminars,
  • academic writing skills through the writing of two individual term papers.

The students also relate to and are challenged by ethical dilemmas central to the field of studies of development, aid and politics.

Learning activities:
Lectures, seminars and guided group work and presentations, one term paper. 
Teaching support:
Weekly meeting hours with teacher will be deifined.

Main texts:

de Haan, Arjan 2009: How the aid industry works. Kumarian Press

Riddell, R. 2007: Does Foreign Aid Really Work? Oxford: Oxford University Press 


A literature list with selected book chapters and articles will be available in due time before course start.

Recommended prerequisites:
EDS 101, EDS 102, EDS 104

- Mid-term exam counts 20%

- Seminar participation/activity counts 20%

- Term paper counts 60%

Nominal workload:
300 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
20 (10 X 2) hours of lectures 16 (8 X 2) hours of seminars. 
External examiner will be involved in the evaluation of the final written exam.
Allowed examination aids: No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått

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