SOSANT2530 – Development
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
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
- the importance of new social movements
- 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.
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.
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.
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
Language of examination
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
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
It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.
The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.
The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it.
You find the explanation in Inspera.
Ask for an explanation of your grade
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.