Topical Themes in Development Studies

Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfskunde
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode EBB922A05
Vaknaam Topical Themes in Development Studies
Niveau(s) bachelor, uitwisseling
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b
ECTS 5
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Topical Themes in Development Studies
Leerdoelen • Students have in-depth understanding of the theories and concepts in Development Studies by applying those to a topical issue.
• Students are able to conduct bibliographic research, combine theories from various disciplines, write a research essay and present their results in small group meetings.
• Students are able to collaborate effectively with others, give constructive and respectful feedback on the work of others and engage in meaningful discussion of each other’s work.
• Students are able to reflect on their own work and their own contribution to the group.
Omschrijving This course aims at providing an in-depth understanding of a particular set of problems in international development by working in small, thematic groups with a mentor-lecturer. Core activities include writing a research essay, presenting research outcomes, and discussing each other’s work. This course builds upon the broad range of the content fields of the other courses in the minor and features a number of thematic groups from which the student chooses one.
In the Topical Themes course, students will join a theme group of their choice and write a research essay on a specific issue for which they have developed an interest in the first part of the minor or within their main study programme. Students will develop a research question, conduct bibliographic research, combine theories from various disciplines, and write their research essay. Preliminary versions of the essay will be discussed in the theme groups, enabling students to share the different phases of the writing process with fellow students and to practice giving feedback on essay outlines and draft essays.
The theme groups for 2021-2022 are the following:
Group A: Education and Development (Dr Josje van der Linden)
Group B: Local Sustainable Development (Dr Bartjan Pennink)
Group C: Gender, Masculinity and Development (Dr Seonok Lee)
Group D: Security, State and Development (Katya Byelova, MA/MSc)
Group E: Sustainable Health (Dr Tim van Zutphen)
Uren per week variabel
Onderwijsvorm -groepsbegeleiding ,  -individuele begeleiding,  -werkcollege
(Introductory lecture. Independent reading, research and essay- or research report writing, group discussion of assignments)
Toetsvorm -actieve deelname,  -groepsopdracht,  -individuele opdracht, verplichte aanwezigheid
(Grades are based on the outline, draft and final paper/report, and participation in the discussions and final student symposium)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. B.J.W. Pennink
Docent(en) K. Byelova, MA. MSc. , S. Lee, PhD. ,dr. B.J.W. Pennink ,dr. C.J. van der Linden , T. van Zutphen, PhD.
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
The literature consists of academic books and articles relevant to the writing of your research essay Various
Entreevoorwaarden Following at least two other courses of the minor Development Studies
Opmerkingen Coordinators: dr. B.J.W. Pennink, dr. C.J. van der Linden. Contact: Ingrid Sennema, MA: i.d.sennema@rug.nl
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc International Business/IB  (minor Development Studies) 3 semester I b keuze
Courses Exchange (BSc)  (Courses Exchange Students (BSc) without limited access) 2 semester I b keuze
Minor Development Studies 3 semester I b keuze