Asian Studies: Development Theories and Issues in Asia


Course code: CÖSM34
Swedish title: Asienstudier: Utvecklingsteorier och utvecklingsfrågor i Asien
ECTS credits: 7.5

Study period: autumn 2019
Type of studies: full time, day
Study period: 2019-11-04 – 2019-12-03
Language of instruction: English
Eligibility: The students must have a Bachelor's degree in social sciences, humanities, economics or law and at least 30 credits in Asian studies or equivalent. English 6/English course B.
Application code: LU-19681


The course offers an interdisciplinary study of central theories on how socio-economic development has occurred in today's Asia.

The purpose is to give the students tools for theoretically analyzing, discussing, and debating contemporary development issues by critically examining how development is conceptualized - from modernization theories to neomarxist theories, from neoliberalism to post / alternative development - and this with a special focus on historical heritage. and future challenges.

In the course, a critical approach is taken to development theories and their impact on the most urgent areas for development, while illuminating contradictions and convergence points between different theoretical traditions. The course also deals with the development practice and actors as well as the role that NGOs play through detailed case studies that the students discuss and learn from. The course starts with a discussion of the group's "knowledge" and "needs" and makes it possible for the students to focus on a specific question among the many areas the course addresses.


  1. Individual Seminar Assignment, 2.5 ECTS
  2. Individual Take-Home Exam, 5 ECTS


The course is not open for applications through / next semester. Please contact the department for more information!

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