EDS378 Afghanistan/Pakistan, State Building and Conflict
Showing course contents for the educational year 2014 - 2015 .
Course responsible: Gry Synnevåg
Teachers: Karim Rashid Ally Merchant, Ingrid Louise Peck Nyborg
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of International Environment and Development Studies
Teaching language: EN
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This course starts in January block. This course has teaching/evaluation in January block, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2013-2014
Historical and cultural background, and socioeconomic context (2h)
Religion, gender and development (2h)
State building (2h)
Governance and decentralization (2h+ 2h seminar)
Economic development and transparency, informal economy and private sector growth(2h)
Security and development (4h+ 2h seminar)
Stabilization and peace building (2h+ 2hseminar)
From humanitarian assistance to long term development (2h)
Aid efficiency, development actors and aid (2h)
Pakistani perspectives on the Afghanistan/ Pakistan relation ship (2h+2h seminar)
Regional geopolitics and its influence on development in Afghanistan and its relationship with neighboring countries (2h)
Afghanistan 2014 and beyond (2h seminar)
To provide students with a hands-on understanding of the complex issues surrounding the development of the Afghan state. By the end of the course, participants should be familiar with the background to Afghan state building, economic development and security topics to a level at which participants can engage with fellow practitioners, researchers, advisors and those interested in Afghanistan and regional affairs of contiguous countries. The course will also be of interest to those looking at the more practical issues facing conflict/post-conflict and fragile states, from which general lessons can be drawn.
It then graduates onto the key stakeholders involved in the building of the modern afghan state. In addition, the course will explore current challenges to establishing a stable democratic afghan state and peace building initiatives, and discuss key opportunities and challenges for long term development. The discussions move forward beyond the withdrawal of international troops in 2014 in Afghanistan and scenarios for the future. It will seek to present case studies to present insight in actual problems and solutions followed by group works and student seminars. The course will end with a workshop and a panel discussion about Afghanistan 2014 and beyond.
Lectures, seminars and groupworks
Office hours and procedures are established at the first class meeting. A course schedule is handed out at the same time.
Selected books and articles
General knowledge of international issues, preferably undergraduate courses in relevant social sciences
80% obligatory attendance
Exam in ENGLISH ONLY. The grade will be based upon the following: Written examination 3h.
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
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12 lectures and 5 seminars
Internal and external examiners will be part of the evaluation.
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått