ISSSV4756 – International Development Studies

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Course content

The course provides a multidisciplinary analysis of global poverty and of development on global, national and local levels. A thematic approach is applied. Country comparisons are made in lectures and through active participation of the group. For the sake of perspective, selected examples from the development of Norway are used. Special attention is given to North/South relations and to the role of civil society and development cooperation in poverty alleviation.

Learning outcome

To build new understanding of development issues on the basis of a dialog structured around some key issues. To provide insight into development thinking and how it has been and can be translated into practice.


If you would like to take this course, you must apply directly to the International Summer School

Only students admitted to the course may take part in instruction.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

A completed Bachelor’s degree or a period of study comparable with a Norwegian Bachelor's degree from a recognised institution. Minimum academic requirements.

Applicants should have a related degree in social sciences, economy and/or development studies.

Recommended previous knowledge

Documented professional experience within development aid organisations or projects with an understanding of the theoretical background in development discourse may also qualify applicants even though their academic background does not match the course profile.


The course consists of 26 lectures and seminars, 4 hours daily (08:30-12:15), Monday to Friday, for six weeks. Classroom sessions include lectures, student presentations, group exercises, discussions, and a workshop on development issues.

Daily attendance is expected of all participants. Students must attend a minimum of 75% of the lectures in order to take the final exam.


The course includes a final 4-hour written exam. 

Your final grade will be comprised of the results from group work (30%) and a final written examination (70%).

You can check your results and order transcripts in Studentweb three weeks after the exam.

Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Candidates who have a re-scheduled or new examination are allowed take the next ordinary examination. Candidates who are re-sitting NORA exams can also re-sit the exam in the summer at the ISS exam. If you have successfully passed obligatory assignments, or other compulsory activities required before you are qualified to attend the exam, you need not re-sit these.

Only students with either valid absence (doctors note) or students who failed the exam can re-sit an exam.

Contact the ISS Office for more information.

Withdrawal from an examination

A student can take the class and sit for this exam up to 3 times. If a student wishes to withdraw from the exam, s/he must submit the Course Change Request Form to the ISS Reception before the exam. Failure to do so will be counted as one of the three opportunities to sit for the exam, which is the general rule at UiO.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.


This course is offered in cooperation with the Department of Sociology & Human Geography at UiO.

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