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HIS2376 – Foreign Aid and Foreign Policy

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Course content

The course takes as its point of departure the Marshall Plan and the initiatives for development aid taken by the Truman administration and the United Nations in 1949 and will discuss the interrelationship between foreign aid and foreign policy, the changing strategies for economic growth and development from the 1950s until the turn of the next century, and the overarching goals of development aid.

The course will concentrate on the policies and goals of the Western donor nations, the major powers as well as small states, both in terms of interstate relations and development projects in the field. The role of the major international organizations (e.g. the UN and the OECD) and NGOs will also be taken into account. Development aid will be analyzed both within a Cold War and North-South perspective, and in terms of economic history.

Learning outcome

Students are expected to be able in writing and orally to:

  • Analyze the relationship between great power politics, the evolution of the Cold War international system and development aid
  • Describe the evolution of schools of thought of development aid within the context of economic history and historical strategies of economic development
  • Discuss the relationship between development aid strategies, international organizations and domestic politics in donor nations
  • Describe and discuss issues of economic transformation and entrepreneurship in recipient nations


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Recommended previous knowledge

History courses at 2000-level presuppose a prior knowledge of history. Students who plan to take a 2000-level course are expected to have accumulated at least 30 credits at the 1000-level (30 credits equal one semester of full-time study).

All readings are in English


There are obligatory requirements for this course, for example an essay or a presentation.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


3-days take-home examination: The students have three days to write an assignment. The length of the assignment should be 6-10 standard pages (2300 characters without spacing).

The exam is to be handed in in Fronter. The files must be submitted in .pdf-format and we stress that the student is responsible for making sure that the files are readable. If you need assistance in converting your file to .pdf, we recommend that you follow these instructions. The file must be named with your candidate number (not your name) and the course code (HIS2376).

In the process of uploading the file containing your exam, you will be asked to confirm that the work you are submitting is your own and that you are aware of the University of Oslo's policy concerning academic integrity and cheating. To qualify for uploading you must answer these questions affirmatively.

It is not possible to follow this course without admission to the course since the form of assessment is integrated in the teaching of this course.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

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Facts about this course






This course is offered on an irregular basis


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