Syllabus for Development Studies C

Utvecklingsstudier C

A revised version of the syllabus is available.

Syllabus

  • 30 credits
  • Course code: 2SK041
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Development Studies G2E

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2007-01-24
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Social Sciences
  • Revised: 2018-04-18
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Autumn 2018
  • Entry requirements: Development Studies B or equivalent
  • Responsible department: Department of Government

Learning outcomes

After completion of Development Studies C the students are expected to:

  • have strengthened their knowledge of social science methods which they have gained from Development Studies B.
  • to get a deepened knowledge within a specialised field in development studies
  • independently formulate a researchable problem within development studies based on previous research and with the help of one or several methods answer the question in their own study and critically reflect on the results of the study

Content

The course has three sub-courses:

The first part is a methods course introducing various research methods. Here some basic methodological concepts will be examined and the different stages of the research process will be discussed. Qualitative as well as quantitative methods of analysis will be introduced during the course. Special attention will be given to quantitative methods.

The next part means a choice between a number of sub-courses, where some will be offered in the Autumn semester and some in the Spring semester.

The third and final part consists of doing an independent and specific project chosen by the student and elaborated in consultation with an advisor. The work is to be presented at a final seminar in the form of a written essay.

1. Methods 7.5 hp

Objectives

After completing the course the students are expected to possess:

  • the ability to undertake basic empirical research using quantitative as well as qualitative techniques.
  • satisfactory knowledge of both descriptive and causal analysis.
  • satisfactory knowledge of the relative advantages and disadvantages of quantitative and qualitative techniques.
  • satisfactory knowledge of the problems involved in establishing causal relationships.
  • satisfactory skills in interpreting results from both quantitative and qualitative analyses.
  • basic skills in computer-based statistical analysis.
  • basic knowledge of statistical inference.
  • basic knowledge of experimental design.

Content

The focus of this course is on various research methods used in social science. It explains basic methodological concepts and discusses the main steps of the research process. Students are introduced to quantitative as well as qualitative analysis techniques, albeit with a special emphasis on quantitative techniques. An important additional aim is to communicate an understanding of the relative strengths and weaknesses of quantitative versus qualitative techniques. The question of how to provide evidence for the existence of causal relationships in political science constitutes another central component of the course.

Teaching

Teaching takes the form of optional lectures and mandatory seminars. The lectures cover the central topics of the course. The seminars are the most important part of the course. Here the students are given the opportunity in smaller groups to practice their skills related to the different steps of the research process. The seminars are conducted in two different ways. In preparation of the majority of the seminars, a number of assignments with essay-like elements are completed. The students can write individually or in pairs and are required to hand in their solutions in connection to the seminar. These solutions are then extensively discussed during the subsequent seminar under the guidance of a seminar teacher, who also provides written feedback on each assignment. As a final assignment, the students conduct their own quantitative data analysis which they present in both written and oral form at the last seminar.

Examination

The course ends with a written exam. The exam provides the basis for grading the students, but it also offers the students an opportunity to review the contents of the course and thus sustain and solidify the knowledge they have acquired during the course. In the exam, the students should demonstrate that they have the ability to understand, interpret and critically examine social science studies from a methodological perspective. Grades are awarded on a scale comprising the grades VG (pass with distinction), G (pass), and U (fail).

To reach the grade G (pass), students must:

  • participate in all mandatory seminars as well as present serious attempts to solve all seminar assignments.
  • obtain the grade G (pass) on the written exam.
2. Gender, Power and Institutions 7.5 hp

The course is offered during the autumn semester resources permitting

Content

The course addresses questions, both theoretically and empirically, of how gender inequality arises, is maintained and managed, within both formal institutions (e.g. parliaments, parties and organisations) and informal institutions (e.g. networks, norms and ideas). The course is grounded in the new institutionalist theories which have, in recent years, become very influential in the field of political science. In the theoretical part of the course, the students are introduced to basic concepts and theories about gender, power and institutions. The empirical parts of the course give students concrete examples of how these concepts and theories can be used to analyse politics and policy from a gender perspective. For instance, how different kinds of institution interact resulting in gendered consequences in political representation, public politics and policy will be discussed.

Learning outcomes

The course aims to furnish students with the knowledge of how to analyse political processes and policy from a gendered, new institutionalist perspective.

After completion of the course, the students are expected to:

  • On the basis of theories introduced during the course, be able to account for and critically discuss the concepts of gender and power
  • Be able to account for the difference between formal and informal institutions
  • Be able to give examples of and describe empirical gender research within the field of new institutionalism
  • Be able to analyse political phenomena from a gendered, new institutionalist perspective

Teaching

The teaching consists of lectures and seminars. The seminars are compulsory, and there is an assignment that has to be completed in advance of each seminar. The participants are also expected to undertake independent study of the course literature, preferably before the corresponding lectures, and certainly before the seminars. The total time of study should be around 40 hours per week. The course language is English.

Examination

Examination takes place continuously throughout the course, through written and oral assignments, as well as through active participation in the seminars. At the end of the course, the students write a final course paper which will be discussed during a seminar and examined by the teacher. The course paper must deal with issues addressed during the course. The following grades will be applied: pass with distinction (VG), pass (G) and fail (U).

In order to pass the following is required:

  • The student has achieved the learning outcomes
  • The student has participated in all compulsory elements of the course
  • All the assignments have been completed and passed
  • The course paper has been handed in before the deadline and passed
2. International Politics 7.5 hp

The course is offered during the autumn and spring semester resources permitting

Course content

This course provides students with a deeper introduction to the conceptual and theoretical tools used in the study of international politics. The course also examines a number of enduring and contemporary topics in international relations, such as international cooperation, security issues, nuclear proliferation, arms control, environmental politics, foreign policy analysis, warning-response problems and humanitarian intervention. The course concludes with a role-playing game where students have the opportunity to apply the concepts they have learned by engaging in simulated international negotiations.

Goals

The overarching goal of this course is to impart how the fundamental concepts, theoretical approaches, and methods from International Relations and social science can be applied to make sense of and study world politics and global affairs. The course also aims to help students develop a set of general skills—the ability to think critically, analyse information, and express themselves orally and in writing—that will serve them well in their future educational and professional endeavours. Upon completion of this course students should be able to able to deploy key theoretical concepts from the main schools of thought in the field to analyse global issues and assess and evaluate various policy prescriptions designed to address transnational problems.

This class serves as the intermediate level course within the sub-discipline of International Politics. The completion of this course with a passing grade should serve as useful preparation for the MA course in International Politics course. The intent is also to provide a good foundation for students who want to pursue this topic in a C level essay.

Instruction

The instruction of this course is comprised of a combination of lectures and seminars. The course also includes a simulation (role-playing) exercise.

The literature includes books, articles and working material.

The language of instruction for this course is English.

Examination

  • Mandatory attendance and active participation in the seminars and simulation exercise.
  • Written assignments.
  • Written Test (Final examination).

Examination is based upon participation in compulsory elements of the course and a written exam. The following grades will be applied: passed with distinction (VG), passed (G) and failed (U).

In order to pass the following is required:

(1) The completion of compulsory elements of the course (seminars, simulation, written assignments);

(2) A passing grade on the written exam.

To pass the course with distinction the student is required to participate in compulsory elements of the course as well as receiving a grade of ‘passed with distinction’ on the written exam.

2. (En)Gendering International Development 7.5 hp

The course is offered during the spring semester resources permitting

Objectives of the course

  • To understand how contemporary development interventions are shaped by historical processes of imperialism and colonialism.
  • To achieve a critical understanding of dominant paradigms of development theory, practice and implementation.
  • To achieve an understanding of feminist interventions in development theory and practice.
  • To understand how gender shapes development and how development practice shapes local gendered realities.
  • To develop in-depth understanding on how structural processes impact on everyday lives of people.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students should have achieved the following:

  • Develop a critical approach towards the theory and practice of development.
  • Identify the tensions between gender and development.
  • Ability to apply their conceptual knowledge to understand empirical case studies in historical and contemporary development contexts.
  • Familiarity with different methodological tools and techniques for researching and appraising development issues.
  • Gained good knowledge on how development processes, both, alleviate suffering and impoverish livelihoods.

Content

This unit introduces students to the theoretical and conceptual approaches in development theory and its implementation. It critically engages with how gender shapes development theory and how development practice impacts on gender relations and gendered realities. Focusing primarily on the global South, the unit will draw empirical examples from Africa, the Middle East, South East Asia and Latin America.

The unit commences with an overview of how ‘orientalism’ serves as an effective discourse for the justification and institutionalisation of (neo)-imperialism globally and the ways in which it shapes debates on development in colonial and post-colonial contexts. We then move on to analyse the collusions and contestations between colonialism and nationalism and the important role of the latter as an anti-colonial strategy that was framed in gendered structures. Subsequently, we discuss how feminist theoretical models have challenged ma(le)instream development debates and the inherent ‘male bias’ in discursive structures.

In following lectures and seminars we analyse how (en)gendering processes are at play in development discourse in relation to three issues often regarded as developmental problems: economic structural adjustment, health, and conflict. With the aim to bring developing societies ‘on track’ with the developed world, Structural Adjustment programmes were the key development tool of financial giants such as the IMF and World Bank. In the end, these programmes came at a huge cost to individual livelihoods and contributed to the creation and/or reinforcement of genderimbalances in societies. How was this possible? Looking at examples from discourses about population in relation to gendered health issues coming from different cases from the South, we address the following question: are state and developmental goals compatible with women’s choices and agency? Finally, the course allows the opportunity to look at the changing role of the state in relation to war and violence. The current explosion of ethnic and civil conflicts are not only understood in terms of lack of development, but, problematically, in terms of innate backwardness of (developing) nation-states. How far can we stretch the security-development nexus? Is it possible to identify the agency of subaltern subjects in this discussion? The course will conclude by looking at how development processes, despite their inherent weaknesses, have created pockets of empowerment, which are self-sufficient and self-sustaining and have enabled many societies to recover from debt-led growth.

A distinct feature of this course is that it draws on literature from different sources and is not confined to mainstream academic literature. For example, we will look at news media, documentaries, movies, policy reports, biographical narratives and historical texts together with the assigned mandatory readings.

Instruction

The teaching consists of lectures and seminars. The course is taught in English.

Assessment

Students are examined through a written exam, oral presentation and active participation in seminars. Grades are awarded according the scale “failed”, "pass" or "pass with distinction".

2. Comparative Politics 7.5 hp

The course is offered during the spring semester resources permitting

Learning Outcomes

The course aims at providing a good understanding of research in the field of comparative politics. It should provide good knowledge of important research contributions and research strategies that aim at, or are useful for, describing and explaining political and ethnic conflicts, tolerance, socialisation, democratisation and development, in an extensive geographical comparative context, in developed as well as developing parts of the world. Also, the choice of literature and the cases selected to be studied have been made to give examples of different designs of research projects that should be useful for students preparing their C/master-level thesis project. In short, after the course, the students should:

  • have a good idea of what comparative politics is
  • understand when and why different groups enter into conflicts, how groups are mobilized, and why they sometimes manage to establish peaceful coexistence, and even manage to build democratic systems
  • know the comparative politics discourse better
  • be better prepared to write a thesis

Content

Comparative politics is a strange name for a field of research. It is strange because what you find under the label comparative politics – and its synonyms in other languages – often is not (explicitly) comparative. Most of the time it simply is “politics in some country/countries”. The conventional distinction between comparative and international politics is that the former deals with politics in other countries, and the latter between countries; this is easier to remember if one thinks of another common name for the latter – international relations.

If comparative politics is politics in other countries, then it is indeed a lot. Therefore we must make choices of what to study. One option would be to attempt to classify the world’s political systems in a number of fairly distinct categories, and to learn about these categories and their cases. This has been attempted by numerous authors. Another choice is to study a number of constitutional systems in the world. This course is built on another kind of logic. We have chosen to focus on some central research problems in comparative politics.

The overall problems concern democracy, conflicts, institutions (rules), tolerance, justice and development. These are chosen because important parts of research in political science concern these issues, and secondly because these issues are important to many people in many countries; two overriding criteria for any research or teaching in social science. The course is divided into four themes:

  • Ethnic conflicts, tolerance and democracy
  • Populism and challenges in multicultural societies
  • Political activism
  • Classics of comparative politics

The choice of theme(s) and literature is a conscious attempt to bridge the unfortunate divide between studies of the West and “the rest”. The idea is that we can learn more about industrialised countries, former socialist countries and so-called low- or middle income countries not by separating them, but by studying them together.

Apart from the books required to be read, the course will make use of some academic articles. One purpose of using these articles is to give the students an idea about current debates in international research. All articles will be available for free via the Uppsala University Library.

The students are encouraged to participate actively in the discussions. We have achieved our objective with this course if, in at the end of it, the students think they have a better (or even much better) grasp of some substantial empirical, or political, problems in the contemporary world and some orientation in a few current debates in international research in general and comparative politics in particular.

Instruction

The instruction of this course is comprised of a combination of lectures and seminars. The language of instruction is English. The written assignment (classic review) should be written in English (so everyone can read and comment on the proposal/text). Regarding the written exam, students may give answers in English or Swedish. They may use a language dictionary at the exam.

Attendance is compulsory for all seminars. If students fail to attend a seminar they will have to hand in an extra written assignment. Additional instructions for the seminars may be handed out by the lecturers.

Assessment

The requirements of the course are:

  • Attendance at some lectures
  • Attendance and active participation in the seminars.
  • Writing a review of a "classic" in comparative politics
  • Written exam

The grade

Participation in the seminars is only graded as “pass” or “fail.” If the students come to the seminars and actively participate in the debates, and if they have done their best to absorb the literature before the seminar, then it is very likely that they will pass.

One grade for the whole course will be given according to the Swedish three-level system: Pass with distinction= Väl godkänd (Vg), Pass = Godkänd (G), and Fail = Underkänd (U).

* The book report for the “Classics” will be graded. The students need at least a 50% score to pass, and at least 75% to pass with distinction. The grade for the “Classics”-assignment constitutes 20% of the final grade.

* The exam will be graded. The students need at least 50% to pass, and at least 75% to pass with distinction. The grade for the exam constitutes 80% of the final grade.

2. Environmental Politics and Its Challenges 7.5 hp

The course is offered during the spring semester resources permitting

Content

The course consists of three parts:

(1) Collective action problems and environmental challenges in developing and developed countries; (2) Energy and technology; (3) Regional and international efforts to address climate change.

Goals

The course has two overarching goals. The first is to deepen the students’ knowledge and understanding of the ‘collective action dilemma’ from a social science perspective. The second goal is to acquaint the students with two important, and interdependent, global problems: climate change and energy. As a corollary to these two goals the course will also analyse and discuss possible political solutions to the management of climate and energy issues (as well as dilemmas over natural resources more generally). To this end, the course will examine possible solutions at the local, regional, and international levels.

At the global and the regional level, emphasis will be placed on international cooperation on climate change and the European Union’s role in the struggle to combat climate change. At the local level, the course will focus on how energy and climate politics are played out in developing countries.

Upon the completion of this course the students are expected to thoroughly understand the interface between politics and the challenge of addressing environmental problems and managing limited natural resources. The intent is also to provide a good foundation for students who want to pursue this topic in a C level essay in Development studies or Political Science.

Teaching

The course is composed of a mixture of lectures and seminars. The lectures address the basic themes and issues. During the seminar students get the opportunity to discuss questions linked to the basic themes.

The literature includes articles and working material.

The course is taught in English

Examination

Examination is based upon participation in compulsory elements of the course and a written exam. The following grades will be applied: passed with distinction (VG), passed (G) and failed (U).

In order to pass the following is required:

(1) Active participation during compulsory elements of the course (seminars);

(2) A passing grade on the written exam.

To pass the course with distinction the student is required to participate in compulsory elements of the course as well as receiving a grade of ‘passed with distinction’ on the written exam.

3. Thesis 15.0 hp

Learning Outcomes

The aim of this course is to train the student to distinguish and define a research problem in political science or development studies, to delimit and carry out a minor investigation relevant to this problem, and to present the results in a clear and concise way. The student should then gain concrete experience of different investigation methods and learn how they can be used to solve the various tasks of a research project. The student shall also become familiar with different modes of interpreting and analysing research material and learn to draw well considered conclusions. Furthermore the course should make the student understand the value of analysing, in a dialogue with others, the design of different research methods and to constructively consider the views of others.

Content

The course requirement is to independently carry out a well defined investigation of the student's own choice and set up in consultation with a super-visor. The research will be presented at a final seminar in the form of a written paper. One important part here is for the students to analyse and consider, together with others, the design of different types of research tasks. At the final seminar the author is expected to give a short oral presentation of the essay as well as reflect upon and answer questions about her/his own study. Furthermore, each student shall initiate the discussion about one other paper by acting as opponent, as well as actively participate in discussions on the other papers presented in the same seminar group.

Instruction

Advice is given at lectures on how the students are expected to work with the essay. All students are given a super-visor who will meet the individual needs of each student with regard to the essay assignment. A main feature of the teaching is the final seminars where the finished products will be presented and discussed. On this occasion the students are given the opportunity to thoroughly evaluate how the different types of projects have been carried out from beginning to end, and what conclusions can be drawn from the specific problems dealt with in the process.

Assessment

At the examination the main important thing is the design and quality of each student's essay concerning the preciseness of the problem definition, theoretical insight and reference to previous studies, methodological awareness and skill, and how well supported and clear the conclusions are. Creativity, analytical precision and depth are especially qualifying. Although the content of the essay naturally forms the core of the assessment, the importance of opposition, defence and activity in general should not be underestimated. In particular, a good seminar contribution may help to raise the grade in situations where the essay as such does not fully meet the requirements for the grade that is being considered.

The opponent should be able to identify relevant questions regarding central parts of the essay about the research project, aim, method, the analysis of the research material and the conclusions. The opponent is expected to criticize in a constructive and be able to define the good sides of the essay as well as what is lacking and try to suggest improvements. The demands above also apply to the other paricipants in the seminars, who are expected to actively contribute to the discussion.

The grading system is VG Pass with distinction’, G Pass’ and U Fail’.

Instruction

The instruction is done in the form of lectures and seminars of varying content and disposition.

Additional information regarding instruction and examination will be handed out before each sub-course.

Assessment

The students are examined by means of a written test, assignments, and active participation in seminars. The third part is examined by means of writing and defending a thesis, commenting on a thesis and active participation in thesis seminars.

Grades are awarded according the scale “failed”, "pass" or "pass with distinction".

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2018

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

Metod

  • Teorell, Jan; Svensson, Torsten Att fråga och att svara : samhällsvetenskaplig metod

    1. uppl.: Stockholm: Liber, 2007

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Lewis-Beck, Colin; Lewis-Beck, Michael S. Applied regression : an introduction

    Second edition.: Los Angeles: SAGE, 2015.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

Working material (a selection of articles and excerpts from books, etc.) will be added.

Gender, Power and Institutions

Ges höstterminen 2018.

  • Mackay, Fiona.; Krook, Mona Lena. Gender, politics and institutions : towards a feminist institutionalism

    Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011

    Notera att boken finns som e-bok!

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Brantenberg, Gerd Egalia's daughters : a satire of the sexes

    Emeryville, CA: Seal Press, 2004

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

Articles will be added

International Politics

  • Reus-Smit, Christian; Snidal, Duncan The Oxford handbook of international relations

    Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010

    paperback edition

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Betts, Richard K. The Delusion of Impartial Intervention

    Part of:

    Crocker, Chester A.; Hampson, Fen Osler; Aall, Pamela R. Turbulent peace : the challenges of managing international conflict.

    Washington, D.C.: United States Institute of Peace Press, 2001

    s. 285-294

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

Articles will be added

Thesis

Comparative Politics

Kursen ges vårterminen 2019. Disclaimer: the course will be given according to the proposed outline given that there will be enough teachers available to teach in the course.

  • Tarrow, Sidney G. Power in movement : social movements and contentious politics

    Rev. & updated 3rd ed.: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Widmalm, Sten Political tolerance in the global south : images of India, Pakistan and Uganda

    London: Routledge, 2016.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Mounk, Yascha The people vs. democracy : why our freedom is in danger and how to save it

    Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, [2018]

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

Articles and some comparative classics will be added

Environmental Politics and Its Challenges

Kursen ges vårterminen 2019.

The course readings comprise of a number of scientific articles.

(En)Gendering International Development

Kursen ges vårterminen 2019.

The course readings comprise of a number of scientific articles and book-chapters.