EDS387 State and Civil Society in Development and Environmental Governance in India
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Course responsible: Darley Jose Kjosavik
ECTS credits: 15
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
Limits of class size:
Minimum 8 students
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in August block. This course has teaching/evaluation in August block, Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2010H
M-DS, M-IES, M-IR
The course consists of topics relevant to development and environmental management in India: Introduction to Indian society and culture Political organisation and governance systems, Public policies and governance, Desert ecology and livelihoods, decentralised governance and the Kerala model of development, climate change and environmental challenges in a below sea level ecosystem, doing field research in India. The course will be conducted in two different locations in Rajasthan, Northwest India and two different locations in Kerala, Southwest India. The course includes lectures and discussions, field visits,meetings with relevant actors/stakeholders, reflections and brief write-ups by students. The course includes fieldwork, report writing and presentation by students.
The course is aimed at providing overall understanding of development and enviromental issues in India. The candidates will get advanced knowledge of the interconnected nature of environment and development issues.
The candidates will develop knowledge and skills to work with rural and urban issues in development and environmental governance, advanced understanding of the synergy between state and civil society organisations in India in implementing development and environmental policies and programmes, developing skills in conducting field research in a developing country context through hands-on fieldwork.
The candidates will be able to understand field issues, do quick data collection and analysis, and communicate it to both researchers and civil society in general
Lectures,discussions, field visits, seminars, field work in rural and/or urban environments in Rajasthan, India, data collection and analysis practice under the supervision of mentors.
Daily contact between students and teachers.
The literature includes the following: (Supplementary literature may be handed out by relevant teachers when necessary).
Chamola, S.D., 2012, Introduction, In: Bharati, A. and Chamola, S.D. (eds), Agriculture and Rural Development in India: Some Emerging Issues, New Delhi: Global Vision Publishing House, P-1-22.
Dharma Rajan, Priyadarsanan, 2008, Elixir of Life, Editorial, Vembanad, ATREE Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 1.
Gopa Kumar, G., 2013, Civil Society-Politics Interface: The Kerala Experience, New Delhi: Manak Publications, Chapter 1: Civil Society: A Theoretical Debate, Page 1-51 and Chapter 2, page 52-119: Towards Building a Civil Society in Kerala.
Iyengar, Sudarshan, Rethinking Human Behavior in Modern Economics: A Gandhian Perspective, Chapter 5, In:
Kannan, K.P. and jain, Varinder, 2013, Historic Initiative, Limited by Design and Implementation: A National Overview of the Implementation of NREGA, In: Kannan, K.P and Bremen, Jan, The Long Road to Social Security, Chapter 2: New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
Krishna Kumar, K and Dharma Rajan, Priyadarsanan, 2012, Fish and Fisheries in Vembanad Lake: Consolidated Report of Vembanad Fish count 2008- 2011, Community Environment Resource Centre (CERC), Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Alappuzha.
Lodrick, Deryck O., 2001, Rajasthan as a Region: Myth or Reality?, In: Schomer, K; Erdman, J. L; Lodrick, D. O. and Rudolph, L.I. (eds.) The Idea of Rajathan, Explorations in Regional Identity, Volume 1: Constructions, Manohar and American Institute of Indian Studies, P. 1-44.
Omkarnath, G., 2012, Economics: A Primer for India, Delhi: Orient Blackswan
Parameshwaran, M., 2011, Financial Crisis and Kerala Economy, CDS Working paper No. 441.
Patterson, Cody, 2010, ¿Matsyathavalam¿ or ¿Home of Fishes¿: A democratic approach towards conserving fishes and livelihoods, http://www.atree.org/matsyathavalam
Singh, S., Joshi, V. and Joshi, K.N, 2013, Working of the Employment Guarantee Scheme in Rajasthan: Some grassroots experiences, Chapter 6, In: Pankaj, A.K. (ed), Right to Work and Rural India: Working of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme (MGNREGS), New Delhi: Sage.
Verma, H. L., 2012, India¿s Growth Vision: Liberalized Economy and People¿s Participation, In: Bharati, A. and Chamola, S.D. (eds), Agriculture and Rural Development in India: Some Emerging Issues, New Delhi: Global Vision Publishing House, P. 25-42.
Master level in Environmental Studies, Development Studies and International Relations
EDS312: Research Methods; EDS 305: Development Theory and Policy
1. 80% attendance in the lectures, seminars and field visits 2. Submission of a brief write up for each module related to the field visit. 3. Group work including data collection and anaysis, report writing and presentation.
Individual Report submitted based on group field work and presentation - 100% (A-F).
Relevant Bachelor degree or equivalent.
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
The course will consist of approx. 30 hours of lectures, 100 hours of field visits,30 hours of reflections and writing field reports,120 hours of data collection-analysis-writing Research report and approx.150 hours of selfstudy.
The course is a cooperation between NMBU, IDSJ, CDS and CERC/ATREE and is offered at the Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur, CDS, Thiruvananthapuram and CERC/ATREE, Alappuzha from the beginning of August to mid-September.
The course falls under the broad umbrella of the SIU funded Norway-India higher education co-operation on 'Environment and Development in India' with Noragric/NMBU as the Norwegian partner and CDS and IDSJaipur as the Indian partners.
Students apply for the course to the department in April.
An eksternal examiner will evaluate the examination.
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått