Essentials in Development Studies is an online course offered on the DigiCampus platform. The principal target group is master-level students in UniPID member universities. However, the course can be also taken by bachelor students as well as PhD researchers. Additionally, the MOOC course will be open for all interested participants, such as people working in the field of development policy and/or development cooperation.

The course consists of 5 modules:

  • What is Development?
  • Major theories of Development
  • Actors, institutions and policies of Development
  • Current topics in Development studies
  • Reflections on Development and alternatives

Objective: Provide students with fundamentals to the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary discipline of development studies and motivate students to further their knowledge in the field. During the course, the students will:

  • distinguish between development as a historical process of change and as an international intervention with defined outcomes
  • be familiar with selected/major theories of development
  • identify and analyse actors, institutions, and policies of development
  • be acquainted with current debates on development studies or development research
  • reflect development from conventional, critical, and alternative perspectives as well as from the point of view of inclusion and exclusion
  • Teacher: Ana Tarazona Galvis, Gutu Wayessa
Kotiorganisaatio/hanke: Helsingin yliopisto