Global Development: Theories, Facts and Current Issues
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.
MSc Programme in Global Development
After completing the course, the student should be able to:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Course registration is automatic for students on 1st semester.
This course is fully booked and therefore not open to credit/exchange students.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Written examinationWritten examination (essay) + 12 hours take home exam.
The two parts of the exam are given equal weight, one combined grade.
Formal requirements for written assignments and exams are described in section 4.5 in Curricula’s Common Part.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment
See 'Learning Outcome'
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Full Degree Master
- Block 1
- Study Board for Global Development
- Department of Anthropology
- Department of Economics
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Paolo Falco
Department of Economics
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