Course code EDS230

EDS230 Development Politics

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Showing course contents for the educational year 2014 - 2015 .

Course responsible: Simon Pahle
Teachers: Leif Tore Trædal, Synne Movik
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of International Environment and Development Studies
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 is divided into three main parts: The first part offers an overview of the aid industry, providing a brief history of major trends and mapping the main institutions and actors involved, and taking a critical look at interactions between donors and sovereign states. In the second part we present critical perspectives on development, aid and development politics, and the third part sets out to sketch the current trends in development thinking, mapping out changing agendas, actors and politics.
Learning outcome:
The objectives of the course is to i) introduce students to critical perspectives on development thinking and practices, drawing on anthropological and social theory, ii) to familiarise students with institutions and actors within the aid industry and the different stances on the merits of aid and iii) to engage students in thinking about current perspectives on development and changing constellations of power in a multipolar world. At the end of the course, students should be well versed in development ideas and critiques of practice, as well as the main trends and actors in the aid industry. Students should be able to critically reflect upon and argue relevant points relating to development theories, practices and politics.
Learning activities:
Lectures, seminars and guided group work and presentations, online assigments with feed back from the teacher, and term paper followed up through supervision and feed-back.
Teaching support:
Weekly meeting hours with teacher will be deifined.

Main texts:

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

Whitfield, L 2009: The politics of aid: African strategies for dealing with donors. 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
Mandatory activity:
Two written online assignments must be approved in order for the student to do the final written exam.
Term paper (e.g. 4000-5000 words graded A-F), counts 40%; participation in class and seminars (graded A-F), counts 20%; final written exam (3 hours, graded A-F), counts 40%.
Nominal workload:
300 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
18 (9 X 2) hours of lectures 18 (9 X 2) hours of seminars, supervision of assignments and term papers in class: 6 x 4 hours = 24 hours. Total: 60 hours.
Use of external examiner in the evaluation ofa selection of the term papers and the final written exams.
Allowed examination aids: No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått