Course code EDS305

EDS305 Development Theory and Policy

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Course responsible: Ingrid Louise Peck Nyborg
Teachers: Jill Tove Buseth, Kassim Athumani Ally Kulindwa, Darley Jose Kjosavik, Nadarajah Shanmugaratnam, Kassim Athumani Ally Kulindwa, Kassim Athumani Ally Kulindwa, John Andrew Mcneish
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 2011-2012
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Introduction to Development Studies (historical background, values and policy challenges). Exploration of selected theories and policies related to: Economic development, poverty and distribution environment, livelihoods and health gender, social justice and human rights. Conclusions, connections and discussion.
Learning outcome:
The course gives an introduction to Development Studies as an interdisciplinary and problem oriented study of social, political, economic and environmental dimensions of societal change. The emphasis is on development theory and policy, which is linked to practice through case studies. The course goals are: 1: To give knowledge about major approaches in Development Studies and strengthen skills using theories and concepts in critical discussion and analysis of development policy issues. 2: To develop skills in: working in interdisciplinary teams searching, managing and sharing information presenting and debating themes in development policy writing as a means of learning, reflection and communication in an international setting. 3: To develop awareness of values and normative approaches in development including considering cultural diversity and human rights.
Learning activities:
The course employs a problem-oriented approach to development policy. Learning builds on active participation and interaction between course participants and teachers to enable sharing of diverse experiences and academic insights. Major learning methods are (i) lectures, (ii) assisted information search and management, (iii) self-directed work and individual writing, (iv) group work, (v) presentations and discussion in class.
Teaching support:
The course coordinator is responsible for literature, implementation and guidance on group and individual assignments participants will receive oral or written feedback on group presentations and on their individual writing (once). Teachers will give lectures and provide additional guidance within their subject area upon appointment. Noragric Library staff will assist with information search and management. Guest lecturers will address special topics.
A list of recommended reading, including articles, text books or text book chapters, will be available at the beginning of the semester.
BSc/BA or equivalent.
Recommended prerequisites:
As the course is interdisciplinary, basic competence in both natural and social sciences is an advantage.
Mandatory activity:
Participation in group work and submission of individual assignments. An approved group project assignment is compulory (pass/fail). 80% attendance in lectures and seminars.
Exam in ENGLISH ONLY. The examination is based on a portfolio of individual writing assignments. All the assignments are mandatory. Selected assignments from the portfolio are given a grade (A-F). To pass the course, one must get a passing grade (E or better) in each of the graded assignments. The overall grade is set in the following manner: Two smaller, individual written assignments combined count 30%. The individual term paper counts 60%. Participation and overall assessment counts 10%. Grades on the smaller individual assignments will be set during the semester. Grades on/approval of the group project, term paper and participation/overall assessment will be set during the exam period following the general rules. Individual assignments shall be defended orally after appointment with the teacher.
Nominal workload:
300 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
The scheduled teaching time is 8 hours per week. This is tentatively distributed between 4 hours lectures 2 hours teacher-led discussion or student presentations in class min 2 hours of work in groups. This is subject to variation, for example when guest lectures or other special events take place.
An external examiner participates in the evaluation of the term paper.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått