Course code EDS290

EDS290 Development Classics

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Showing course contents for the educational year starting in 2016 .

Course responsible: Darley Jose Kjosavik, Hans Nicolai Adam
Teachers: Nadarajah Shanmugaratnam
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2007V
Last time: 2016H
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The course will include lectures, group presentations and discussions with the intention of familiarising the students with selected books that can be considered as classics that mark certain milestones in development thinking. The books selected will be heavy on the theoretical side and the students are expected to decipher and discuss the books with the guidance of the course teacher. The students are expected to take an active role in presentations and discussions throughout the course. Students will be expected to work in groups to learn to thrash out ideological and theoretical differences in relation to the practice of development. Group guidance will be given to students for presentations and discussions.
Learning outcome:

The students are expected to gain advanced knowedge on classical theories that Development Studies draws on.

Another major learning objective of the course is to develop skills in critical reading, analysis, presentation and discussions of classical books and contemporary literature on development thinking. The course will help students to comunicate threotical knowledge and apply it in their research and writing. 

The course is also expected to enable the students to understand the interconnectedness of theoretical ideas and policy practices in the arena of development through history.

Learning activities:
Lectures, group discussions, debates, group presentations and class discussions will be a regular feature of the course. Group guidance will be provided.
Teaching support:
Information and communication on Fronter as well as in classroom.

Selected chapters from:

Elwell (2006), Marx and Engels (2002), Rostow (1990), Amoore (2005), Shiva and Mies (1993), Smith, Adam (2000), Kjosavik and Vedeld (2011)

Recommended prerequisites:
Recommended courses:EDS305
Mandatory activity:
Mandatory activities include (1)Participation in group presentation and discussions (2) attendance in two-thirds of the lectures and seminars (3) One page write up on each reading to submitted.
Exam in ENGLISH ONLY. School exam. 3 hours. Graded A-F.
Nominal workload:
48 hours of lectures, group presentations, discussions and guidance. In addition the students do extensive group work and individual reading and study and write up for submission which will amount to 252 hours. The total student working hours will be around 300 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Type of course:
4 hours of lectures, group discussions, presentations, class discussions and guidance per week for approximately 12 weeks.
Preferably class room P207 (or P107) and same time table as last year.
An external examiner will be involved in approving the evaluation form and a selection of exam papers.
Examination details: :