ASOK15427U  Issues in international development

Volume 2017/2018

MA Theory and Themes (MSc Curriculum 2015)

Course package (MSc 2015):
Knowledge, organisation and politics

BA-Undergraduates from foreign countries (exchange students) can sign up for this course


Despite unprecedented global economic growth during the last two centuries, the vast majority of the world’s population lives in poverty without adequate money, food, water, health care, education, and/or security.  Despite countless efforts to improve livelihoods throughout the world, levels of inequality across and within nations are increasing.  Between these lines of dismay, there are also strands of hope--success stories resulting from insightful domestic policies, visionary multi-lateral aid efforts, and revolutionary grassroots movements.  This course will provide an undergraduate-level introduction to the study and practice, as well as the successes and failures, of international development.  The course is divided into three sections.  The first section is organized around the question:  What are the causes of underdevelopment?  This section will introduce the theoretical frameworks used to explain underdevelopment throughout the world.  The second section is organized around the question:  What are the solutions to underdevelopment?  Here we will explore the practice of development since the 1950s by examining the different strategies that have been employed to alleviate underdevelopment in Latin America, South Asia, East Asia, and Africa.  Through a wide range of reading materials, movies, lectures, and in-depth discussion sections, you will be exposed to competing answers to these two questions.  In the third section, we will explore three specific topics in international development: gender, labor, and migration.  Using country-specific case studies, you will have the opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical frameworks learned in the first two sections to assess the successes and failures of real-life cases.  In addition to providing an introduction to international development, this course is designed to build your skills in analytical and critical thinking and debate.

Learning Outcome

By the end of the course, students have


- broad theories and policies of international development from 1950 to present.



- analytically evaluate opposing theories and policies



- to apply theoretical framework and historical knowledge of practices to examine and analyse particular themes in development

- in debate

Syllabus available upon request

Kurset vil som udgangspunkt ikke blive udbudt igen. Du kan således ikke planlægge efter, at det udbydes i senere semestre, end hvad der fremgår af denne kursusbeskrivelse.
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Individual or group. A portfolio assignment is defined as a series of short assignments during the course that address one or more set questions and feedback is offered during the course. All of the assignments are submitted together for assessment at the end of the course. The portfolio assignments must be no longer than 10 pages. For group assignments, an extra 5 pages is added per additional student. Further details for this exam form can be found in the Curriculum and in the General Guide to Examinations at KUnet.
Exam registration requirements

Sociology students must be enrolled under MSc Curriculum 2015 to take this exam

Credit students must be at master level.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period

Submission dates and time will be available at KUnet, Exchange students and danish full degree guest students please see the homepage of Sociology; and


At re-exam, the form of examination is the same as ordinary exam.
If the form of examination is ”active participation” the re-examination form is always “free written take-home essay”.

Criteria for exam assesment

Please see the learning outcome.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Course Preparation
  • 97
  • Exercises
  • 70
  • Exam
  • 11
  • Total
  • 206