International Development


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module


For students to gain an understanding of current issues in political, economic and social development. To provide students with the ability to understand and apply relevant theoretical perspectives to real-life issues in international development.



Emphasis will be on

  • understanding the evolution of development theories
  • understanding the main issues and dynamics of development as well as selected theoretical perspectives on development
  • understanding selected development strategies and how these strategies relate to concrete examples of country-specific development patterns
  • applying development theories to concrete real-life issues and cases

Learning objectives


  • possess knowledge and a critical understanding of political, economic and social processes of change at various levels of analysis
  • possess knowledge of relevant theories within international development studies as well as various development strategies in this context.


  • possess a comprehensive and critical understanding of development processes and strategies
  • have the ability to apply development theories to concrete empirical cases and issues


  • can reflect upon and analyse international development processes from a practical and theoretical perspective

Type of instruction

The module consists of lectures and exercises. Students will be given assignments in relation to lectures.



Name of examInternational Development
Type of exam
Written exam
International Development is evaluated on the basis of an internal individual written examination. The examination is a 48-hour take-home assignment, where the student is expected to analyse a concrete real-life case study or issue and apply relevant theories and learnings from the course. Grading will be based on the ability of the student to analyse and apply theories to the concrete case. The assignment paper must not exceed 6 pages.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleInternational Development
Module codeDIR004
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Social Sciences in International Relations
Study BoardStudy Board of Politics and Society
DepartmentDepartment of Politics and Society
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities