Global Development: Theories, Facts and Current Issues

Course content

Our understanding of globalization and development are constantly evolving. Development theories and policies are adjusted, augmented and replaced as we gain new insights from observing the World. However, there is often more than one interpretation of observed facts. Therefore, it is important to have knowledge of both the facts and the diverse interpretations of these facts within and across the social science disciplines. Global Development: Theories, Facts and Current Issues integrates the concepts and perspectives of the social science disciplines to consider the major trends in modern development. The course presents the classical debates about development and globalization within the social sciences, but it also takes up current issues highlighting the significant disparity in contemporary thought. The classical debates and contemporary issues are presented and analysed as they are understood and interpreted by anthropologists, economists and other social scientists to further discussions and a deeper understanding of development and globalization across the social sciences.

Education

MSc Programme in Global Decelopment

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

Knowledge

· Describe the leading development and globalization theories and dominant development thinking and relate this to developments in the various social science disciplines.

· Show overview of scientific facts and controversies of the selected current development issues based on contemporary research.

· Understand the importance of measurement and measurement problems in social science development research.

Skills

· Select relevant theories and methods for analyses of the current development issues covered in the course.

· Select relevant theories and methods for analyzing development issues that are similar to the current issues covered in the course.

· Communicate and discuss evidence-based knowledge and theories about current development issues on different levels to researchers, policy makers, media, organizations, and laypersons.

Competences

· Process relevant information for analysis of current and future global development issues.

· Evaluate, validate and disseminate evidence-based knowledge and theories about current development issues.

· Work effectively with cross-disciplinary problems within global development on an individual basis as well as in teams.

The format of the course is a combination of lectures and group discussions. Each week there will be a lecture in which core concepts, theories and case studies are presented. Every week there will be seminars with student presentations and discussions in which the students work with data and develop cases to apply and understand the concepts and theories.

ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination, 12
Written examination, essay + 12 hours take home exam, All aids allowed, 7-point grading scale, No external censorship
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

See 'Learning Outcome'

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Seminar
  • 14
  • Course Preparation
  • 156
  • Exam
  • 12
  • English
  • 210