SOSANT2530 – Development

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

The broad aim of this course is to introduce students to anthropological perspectives on development. We will discuss issues such as:

  • the anthropological critique of development discourses
  • local appropriations and consequences of development projects
  • questions of power and knowledge
  • alternative modernities
  • globalization
  • the importance of new social movements

Learning outcome


  • Insight into different anthropological approaches to the complex link between 'development', local realities, and social change
  • Understand the main paradigms of development since the Second World War
  • Know the main theoretical approaches used by anthropologists to analyse development


  • The ability to critically assess case studies of development encounters
  • The ability to critically analyse arguments and statements
  • The ability to set forward theoretical arguments based on case studies


  • Achieve independent academic thought
  • The ability to express academic arguments both verbally and in written form


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


The course is made up of a series of lectures as well as seminar groups. Participation in the lectures or a seminar is not required but strongly recommended. The course builds on active preparation and participation on the part of students.

Information about change of seminar group.


Take-home exam. The exam paper must be minimum 2 900 words and maximum 4 400 words words including cover page and foot- or endnotes. 

Previous exams and examiner guidelines  

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

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

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or 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

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.

See also our information about resitting an exam.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

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.

Facts about this course






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