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Minor Development Studies

ECTS: 2 X 15 ECTS
Code: MILET48A & MILET48B

This interfaculty minor and the single courses are open and free to students from all faculties. 

Contents:
The DS1 and DS2 packages consist of nine courses from which you choose six. Together they form an integrated programme, including seminar sessions, guest speakers, paper writing, and possibility of development-related fieldwork in Tanzania. All courses are offered in the Minor semester (September to end of January). Most of the courses can also be followed separately, as an elective, if the complete minor packages do not fit your schedule. This interfaculty Minor is taught in English. Coordinator: dr. Pieter Boele van Hensbroek; Globalisation Studies Groningen, 050 363 33666, p.boele@rug.nl.

These multidisciplinary minor packages provide you with a profound introduction into development problems in the age of globalisation. They include elementary as well as more advanced discussions of a range of development related problems, including discussions on contrasting approaches in the analyses of development. The courses cover a broad range of different development issues, including Development Economics, Social Change, Environment, Culture and Politics, and Theories of Development. They are also offered by different faculties, so you can follow courses from: Economics and Business, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioural Sciences, and Spatial Sciences. The Reading Seminar facilitates intensive learning in discussion groups. The course Topical Themes in Development involves individual paper writing (an option within the Topical Themes course is to participate in our Summer School in Tanzania and write your paper about your field work).

Whether your future career is in government, banking, NGOs, health, or a water- or energy company, global operations may be part of your work and you will require insight into development problems as well as change-management skills. For those who want to continue in a Master programme in Development Studies and proceed into a career directly in development these minor packages are a must.

For a global-minded student, this will be a study semester to enjoy and remember!

The DS1 programme consists of the five courses of which you choose three:
1) Environment & Development, 2) Ethnicity, Culture, Politics, 3) Social & Institutional Change, 4) Introduction to Anthropology and 5) Governance of International Solidarity.

The DS2 programme consists of four courses from which you choose three:
1) Global Development Studies, 2) Population & Development, 3) Topical Themes in Development, 4) Reading Seminar : Key Debates in Development Studies . The last two courses are advanced courses within the Minor and only open for those who have finished at least two courses of block 1A of the Minor, or have finished one such course and follow in block 1B either Global Development Studies or Population & Development. Topical Themes involves an individual paper, presentations and group discussions ; this course can be exchanged for Population & Development or for the Summer School in Tanzania (see below). The Reading Seminar consists of discussions on key texts in the development literature in seminar group setting.

The Minor Development Studies is an interfaculty minor and is open for students from all faculties. If a single course it organised by your own faculty, you can follow it as an ‘external minor’. 

Most courses can be followed as single courses also without following the complete Minor packages. The single courses can be followed for free as an addition to your current studies. However we can not guarantee that the ECTS will count towards your total score. You will have to discuss with your own faculty. 

Course and enrollment period

Progress Code

ECTS

Period

DS I package - semester Ia:

Social and Institutional Change

(enrollment: mid April - 31 July 2019)

SOBA904
Organised by:
Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences

5 Semester Ia

Ethnicity, Culture and Politics

(enrollment: 17 June - 5 July 2019)

LBA025B05
Organised by:
Faculty of Arts

5

Semester Ia

Environment and Development

(enrollment: 3 June - 4 August 2019)

EMED-11
Organised by:
Faculty of Sciences and Engineering

5

Semester Ia

Introduction to Anthropology

(enrollment: 3 June - 30 August 2019)

THMIN-ANTH
Organised by:
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies

5 Semester Ia

Governance of International Solidarity

(enrollment: 17 June - 5 July 2019)

LBU047B05
Organised by:
Faculty of Arts

5 Semester Ia and Ib (till December)
DS II package - semester Ib:

Global Development Studies

(enrollment: 1 August - 3 November 2019)

EBB921B05
Organised by:
Faculty of Business and Economics

5

Semester Ib

Topical Themes in Development Studies (only for minor package students)

(enrollment: 1 August - 3 November 2019)

EBB922A05
Organised by:
Faculty of Business and Economics

5

Semester Ib

Reading Seminar: Key Debates in Development Studies

(17 June - 5 July 2019)

LBA016B05
Organised by:
Faculty of Arts

5

Semester Ib

Population and Development (option)

(enrollment: Mid October - 3 November 2019)

GEPOPDEV
Organised by: Faculty of Spatial Sciences. 

5

Semester Ib

Summer School on Development Studies in Tanzania (option within Topical Themes course)

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Organised by:
Globalisation Studies Groningen 

5

Semester Ib

MINOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES

Development Issues in the Age of globalisation

Contemporary processes of globalisation change the face of development problems. The North-Atlantic countries are loosing their leading position to emerging economies, while companies, private organisations, and self-help initiatives become major players in development next to governments and public NGOs. In addition, topical issues such as environmental sustainability, poverty, and migration are not just located within developing countries but affect all countries and ask for international networking, policy and action. Therefore, understanding development problems has become a core interest in many academic fields.

Development organisations also change. They do not implement development initiatives themselves but become coaches, knowledge providers, and financers of local organizations and ini­tiatives. Important new fields are international lobbying and campaigning in order to influence public opinion, companies and national and international policy agencies. Whether your future career is in government, banking, NGOs, in health, in a water- , insurance-, or energy company, global operations may be part of your work and you will require insight into development problems. This minor provides you with rich interdisciplinary foundation for such an international orientation.

The Minor Programme

Environment & Development

This course analyses causes of environmental problems at the local, national and international levels, discussing issues such as depletion of natural resources; democracy and good environmental governance; globalisation and the international dimension of environmental problems; biofuels and food production, and the “greening” of development. It also reviews possible policies and strategies for environmental improvement, using case-studies from different countries and sectors. Coordinator: dr. M.R. Berger (Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences) block 1a course code EMED11.

Ethnicity, Culture, Politics

This course discusses processes of cultural, social and political change in development and globalisation (such as indigenous patters of social organisation, patrimonialism, state formation and restructuring, and civil society development). It gives special attention to culture and the ways in which identity and community are ‘imagined’ in the form of politicised identity struggles around ethnicity, nationalism and cosmopolitanism. Such identity politics relates to change and conflict in both our multicultural societies and development societies. Lecturer: dr. Pieter Boele van Hensbroek (Globalisation Studies Groningen) block 1a course code LBA025B05.

Social and Institutional Change

This course discusses the roles of cultural norms and institutional rules in economic life in general and in socio-economic development in particular. It discusses insights from recent development in new economic sociology, neo-institutional economics, as well as cross-cultural social psychology. Topics include: problems of measuring the quality of life; the role of cultural and institutional contexts in development theory; differences in national and organizational cultures; the role of gender arrangements, legal institutions, religious beliefs, and social capital; the social embeddedness of markets, entrepreneurship, and ‘ethnic economies’; and the problems of bringing insights from social theory into practice. Coordinator: dr. V.M.K. Seibel (Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences) block 1a course code SOBA904.

Introduction to Anthropology

Anthropology deals with humans as social and cultural beings, how they organize themselves through e.g. kinship, age, gender, caste or class. In addition, they create an ideal vision of their society in the shape of religious beliefs and cosmologies, and express themselves in ritual processes. Anthropologists study and compare how all this is achieved around the globe, in the present as well as through history. This is an intensive course with mandatory seminar group sessions involving presentation and discussion. Coordinator: dr. Peter Berger (Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies) block 1a course code: THMIN-ANTH

Governance of International Solidarity (elective)

This course is taught by a number of experts from the university world and from relevant organisations in the Humanitarian Action world. Block 1a; code LBU047B05

Global Development Studies

This course gives a broad overview of development issues. The core of the course is the explanation of low income levels in developing countries and why some countries have successfully overcome this condition. Explanations involve economic factors as well as demographic, social, historical, ecological and institutions ones. Lecturer: dr. Gaaitzen de Vries (Faculty Economics & Business) block 1b; course code EBB921B05 .

Reading Seminar: Key Debates in Development Studies

In the course we discuss the most important texts and theoretical currents in Development Studies in a seminar group setting, providing students with deeper understanding development issues. In this highly rated course, students encounter the most important classical and contemporary debates. Topics of reading and discussion include: Paradigms in Development Thinking, Theories of Globalisation, Rural Development, Globalisation of Production, Democracy and Civil Society, and Aid. This is an advanced course within the Minor and is only open for those who have finished at least two courses from Block 1a of the Minor, or have finished one such course and follow in Block 1b either Global Development Studies (GDS) or Population & Development (PopDev). Block 1b course code LBA016B05.

Topical Themes in Development

This course aims at providing an in-depth understanding of a particular set of problems in development, working in a small-group setting with a mentor-lecturer. Writing your own research essay is the core of this course. Students can choose from a number of theme groups including: Economic Development, Social and political development of Africa , The pros and cons of globalization, Education in development, Environmentally sustainable development. This is an advanced course within the Minor and is only open for those who have finished at least two courses from Block 1a of the Minor, or have finished one such course and follow in Block 1b either Global Development Studies (GDS) or Population & Development (PopDev). Coordinators: dr. Pieter Boele van Hensbroek (GSG) and dr. Bartjan Pennink (Faculty of Business and Economics) block 1b course code EBB922A05.

Population & Development

This is a taught course that aims at understanding differences in fertility, mortality, and migration across regions and countries, taking an interdisciplinary approach (biological, socio-cultural, and economic). Topics include: health, poverty, urbanisation, nutrition, culture, ageing, HIV-AIDS and population policy. Coordinator: dr.Billy de Haas (Faculty of Spatial Sciences); block 1b course code GEOPODEV

Summer School Programme

This two-week Intensive Progamme brings together students in Tanzania in the Summer break at the end of the academic year. After solid preparation there is a programme of lectures, seminars, excursions and field work. This programme can be followed as an optional form of the Topical Themes course. Students have to make their own travel arrangements and pay a fee for upkeep and local transport. Block 1b course code EBB922A05. 

Admission and registration

The minor is open to students from all faculties, most courses can be followed separately as an elective course. Registration for the minor at: www.rug.nl/minor and in addition for each course separately (!!) at ProgRessWWW .

Late registration for the Minor and its Faculty of Arts courses can be requested - GSG office manager Mr. Jarno Hoving: j.hoving@rug.nl.

More information:

Globalisation Studies Groningen, University of Groningen
Tel. +31 50 3632391;
Email: gsg@rug.nl or p.boele@rug.nl

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