Course code EDS389

EDS389 Ruling the world by numbers: knowledge and politics in international development

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Course responsible: Morten Jerven
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
August block
Course frequency: Biannually. Not offered in 2022/2023
First time: Study year 2018-2019
Preferential right:
Course contents:

This course is not offered in 2019 and 2020. 

The use of numbers, performance indicators and benchmarks have grown exponentially over the last two decades, particularly in the field of international politics and development. Indicators are now firmly established as a distinct mode of global governance. The process of numbering involves translating complex phenomena into numerical values. The procedure converts what might otherwise be highly contentious normative agendas into numbers that appear technocratic and objective. The politics of numbers has implications for global governance, and particularly so for making norms, rules and regulations in the fields of International Environment and Development Studies. This course provides a critical examination of the implications of ruling the world as if it counts.

Learning outcome:
To be updated
Learning activities:
Lectures and seminars
Teaching support:
Office hours and procedures are established at the first class meeting. A course schedule is handed out at the same time
See reading list in Canvas. 
Relevant Bachelor degree or equivalent.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Participation in lectures and seminars.
One term paper (5 pages) counts 30% and final written exam counts 70% of final grade. Exam and term papers must be written in English
Nominal workload:
Total 125 hours. 
Entrance requirements:
Relevant Bachelor degree or equivalent.
Type of course:
6 lectures and 6 seminars.
Examination details: Combined assessment: Letter grades