Course code EDS230

EDS230 Development Politics

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Course responsible: Esben Leifsen
Teachers: Gard Frækaland Vangsnes
ECTS credits: 10
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 of two parts, the first provides an introduction into development assistance and the aid industry, and presents core critical perspectives on development aid. A second part concentrates on new development agendas and actors, presents alternative academic understandings of development, and explores alternative development models and practices.
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,
  • have a basic insight into some alternative understandings of development from decentered academic positions outside the Global North,
  • be familiar with some examples of alternative development models and ways these are put into practice. 

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 a term paper.

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.
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:
Mandatory group work activities 

- Mid-term exam counts 35%

- Final term paper counts 65%

Nominal workload:
300 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
22 (12 X 2) hours of lectures 22 (12 X 2) hours of seminars. 
External examiner will be involved in the evaluation of the final term paper.
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / F