This course is discontinued

DEVG4020 – Literature and writing seminar

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

In the literature and writing seminar each student selects a limited topic of interest on which to write a paper. A preliminary paper is presented and discussed at a seminar in the second half of the semester. The comments and critique made at the seminar must be taken into account when making the final paper to be submitted at the end of the semester.

Learning outcome

The aim of this course is to train the students to identify the core issues and debates of a relatively limited topic (e.g. urban poverty). Furthermore, the students will learn how to write an academic paper for a research journal. Another aim is during the seminars to improve the students ability to criticize each other in an academic way.


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Teaching takes place throughout the semester. Writing seminars will be held in the second half of the semester.

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.


Individual paper, maximum 12 pages (Times New Roman 12 pt, 1,5 line space).

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

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

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






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