Course code EDS378

EDS378 Afghanistan/Pakistan, State Building and Conflict

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Course responsible: Gry Synnevåg
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of International Environment and Development Studies
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in January block. This course has teaching/evaluation in January block, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2013-2014
Last time: 2016V
Course contents:

Historical and cultural background of Afghanistan and Pakistan (1h + 1h)

Socio-economic context, gender and development (1h + 1h + 2h seminar)

GOVERNANCE: Statebuilding (2h+ 2h), Governance and decentralisation (2h+ 2h+ 2h seminar)

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Economic development and the formal ecnomy (2h), informal economy and counternarcotics (2h + 2h seminar)

SECURITY: Security and stabilisation (2h + 2h + 2h seminar), Peacebuilding (2h)

REGIONAL GEOPOLITICS:Historical review of Afghanistan - Pakistan relations 1977-2000 (2h), Evolving dynamics of Afghanistan - Pakistan 2001- present (2h + 2h seminar), Regional geopolitics and its  influence on development in Afghanistan and its relationship with neighbouring countries (2h + 2h seminar)

13 lectures and 7 seminars

Learning outcome:

.To provide students with a hands-on understanding of evolving fragile and post conflict states in tandem with external policy environments. This will be achieved through detailed case studies of the complex issues surrounding security, economic development and governance in Afghanistan and Pakistan. By the end of the course participants should be familiar with the background to 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, Pakistan and regional affairs of neighbouring 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 and applied.

The course will analyse the key stakeholders involved in statebuilding and explores current constraints to maintaining a stable democratic Afghanistan and Pakistan, peace building initiatives, and discuss key opportunities and challenges for longer term economic development. The discussion move forward to issues around the " Transition Decade " (2015 - 2024) and its impacts, both in Afghanistan, Pakistan 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 to discuss and understand practical complexities.

Learning activities:
Lectures, seminars and groupworks
Teaching support:
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. Will be announced at the beginning of the course.
General knowledge of international issues, undergraduate courses in relevant social sciences
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
80% obligatory attendance in seminars
Exam in ENGLISH ONLY. The grade will be based upon the following: Final written examination (3h).
Nominal workload:
150 hours
Entrance requirements:
A relevant Bachelor degree or equivalent.
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
13 lectures and 7 seminars
Internal and external examiners will be part of the evaluation.
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått