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Theories and Issues in Development - SIMP35

15 credits, Autumn 2018
This interdisciplinary course focuses on problems of poverty and human development. As a student you will learn about key issues and problems of development as well as different theoretical perspectives developed to increase our understanding of the preconditions for and content of development.

Current Key Issues in Development Studies

A major question addressed throughout the course is why there is still so much poverty despite all our knowledge and all development policies. You will have the chance to discuss and analyse a number of current key issues in development studies, including the broad themes of sustainable development, population growth, global health, food production and distribution, power and democracy, and inequalities based on gender, class, ethnicity etc. The course offers an overview and critical scrutiny of development theory and the development discourse in a historical and societal context. You will be given the opportunity to deepen your understanding of a broad range of more specific development issues and theoretical perspectives. The course is multidisciplinary and carried out in cooperation between several departments at the Faculty Social Science.

In the Words of the Course Coordinator

"The teaching team has evolved over the years in order to be able to offer a broad yet specialised introductory course to development studies. The teaching team is multidisciplinary and we have all worked as teachers within the field of development for many years. Collectively we have field experiences from Africa, Asia and South America. Development studies is interdisciplinary in character to begin with, but we try to let our own disciplinary backgrounds colour our teaching, primarily by focus but also theoretically and in view of methodology used in respective discipline. We strive to complement each other in terms of topics and perspectives but also in ways we teach and give feedback. Our hope is that the variation in course design will stimulate a good learning environment that will benefit the students in multiple ways."

Online Course Platform

This course uses Live@Lund as the online course platform. The course platform will be opened about four weeks before the course begins to all students who were accepted. Here you will be able to access literature, assignments, announcements, and schedule, as well as participate in discussions and communicate with teachers.

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About the course

Course period: 2018-09-03 to 2018-11-04

Course schedule

Course syllabus

List of Literature

Course Guide

This course uses Live@Lund as course site. Admitted students will be able to log in to see more information.

Course Coordinator

Anne Jerneck

Anne Jerneck

Associate Professor in Sustainability Science, LUCSUS

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Excerpts from student evaluations

“I learned a lot during the seminars and broadened my view about how complex development issues are and how many things you have to take into account if you fully want to understand/address them.”

“The most satisfactory aspect of the course was that) we always identified global issues/problems.”

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