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DEVG312 – Development Theory Course

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This course is for students in the Master programme in Development Geography. The students taking this course go to the same classes as the students who attend the courses SGO4501 and SGO4502. For course description, see SGO4501 – Development (continued) and SGO4502 – Development Theory Course 2 (discontinued). In addition, the students of DEVG312 spend some time reading additional texts on one self-selected theme within development theory, for instance poverty, sustainable development, urbanization and shelter, environment, migration, politics.

Learning outcome

The objective of the course is to provide the students with a thorough theoretical understanding of global inequality and mass poverty. A major aim is the improvement of the students' ability to discuss and carefully present many different perspectives. Moreover, enabling the students to distinguish between mainstream and “smallstream” paradigms and their theoretical “roots” is a major goal. Further objectives are to take the pulse of contemporary development debates, identify central themes and analyse present-day positions in terms of the theoretical understanding. The aims are to enable the students to argue pro et con different positions in many debates, and be open to valid arguments in any paradigm.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Students are expected to have a Bachelor's degree in Human Geography.

Recommended previous knowledge

This course builds upon SGO2500 – North/South - development and SGO3400 – Utviklingsgeografi (discontinued), but these courses are not prerequisites.


The teaching consists of lectures and seminars. All teaching will be given in English.


The assessment for SGO4501 is a 6 hour (previously unseen) written exam. The assessment for SGO4502 is a 6 hour (previously unseen) written exam. In addition, students must write a paper on one self-selected theme within development theory. The paper may be a maximum of 8 pages of main text (3300 words), and the title of the paper must be accepted by the course leader.

Any take home exam or essay etc. handed in at the University of Oslo may be checked for plagiarism by use of the Ephorus text recognition software.

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