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. 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 lectures and seminars. Class times will be 2 hours per day Monday-Friday, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. CEST, during six weeks (times subject to variation during the semester, dependent on class activity). The teaching format will be a combination of online (synchronous) and recorded lectures, in addition to other activities such as discussions, seminars, group exercises and individual follow up on the basis of self-study. Lectures held in realtime will also be recorded and made available online to the extent possible.

Active participation throughout the course is expected of all participants, and attendance during realtime lectures, seminars and discussions is required. The parts of the course based on recorded materials can be accessed by the students at any time. In addition, each student will write a number of mandatory individual papers that must be approved before they can take the final exam.

For remote learning, the University of Oslo uses secure Zoom video conferencing, and Canvas, the learning management system at UiO. Access to these platforms is provided by UiO to students when they have a UiO username and password.


The course includes a final 3-day written exam.

In addition, each student will write a number of mandatory individual papers that must be approved before they can take the final exam.

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. 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 and withdrawal request form  at the latest one week 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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