Course syllabus RRIDS - Introduction to Development Studies (FRDIS - WS 2012/2013)

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Course code: RRIDS
Course title in language of instruction: Úvod do rozvojových studií
Course title in Czech: Introduction to Development Studies
Course title in English: Introduction to Development Studies
Mode of completion and number of credits: Exam (4 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes: full-time, 2/1 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction: Czech
Level of course: bachelor
Semester: WS 2012/2013
Name of lecturer: Mgr. Daniela Ettaleb, PhD. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
Prerequisites: not Introduction to Development Studies in English
Aims of the course:
Introduction to development studies. Basic concepts, research methods,indexes, how to measure development and democracy, major theories, social, historical, economic, political and cultural aspects of development. Performance of developing policies of the most important international organizations (UN, OECD, WB, IMF)and the EU. Major developing regions, BRICS countries and their economic and political importance. Integrating development issues in contemporary world development - the increasing role of globalization, transnational and sub-state actors, problems of demographic development and migration, the increasing importance of development aid in developed countries. The importance of non-governmental organizations, the role of Czech Republic in providing development assistance, the most important projects. Main topics of the development of 21st century.
Course contents:
1.Introduction to the course. (allowance 3/2)
a.Basic concepts
b.Development,development studies, developing countries
c.Development indexes

2.Theories of Development (allowance 3/1)
3.Development and humanitarian relief (allowance 4/3)
a.Development aid effectiveness
b.Policy coherence/incoherence for development
c.Development in the 21st century, Millenium development goals

4.Selected political and economic factors of development (allowance 2/2)
5.Religion, human rights and gender issues in developing countries (allowance 2/1)
6.Demographic trends, migration and development (allowance 2/1)
7.Main developing regions-Africa, Asia, Latin America. Emerging developing superpowers - India and China. (allowance 3/3)
8.EU development policy (allowance 2/1)
9.The Czech Republic and development (allowance 2/1)
10.International governmental and nongovernmental organizations and development (allowance 2/1)
Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-Ability to analyse and synthesize
-Ability to understand foreign cultures and customes
-Ability to work independently
-Skilled at utilizing and processing information
-Work in team

Specific competences:
-Awareness of the developing world’s problems
-Familiarity with environmental, demographic and migration trends and their economic and social impacts in developing countries
-Knowledge of the development policies of the EU, the international organizations and the Czech Republic
-Knowledge of the main issues, problems and documents of the development relief
-Knowledge of the effectiveness of development aid and of the policy coherence for development
-Knowledge of the major development problems in the developing regions

Type of course unit: required
Year of study: Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement: There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules: -
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load):
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture28 h
     practice12 h
     consultation12 h
     public presentation (oral)2 h
     preparation for exam26 h
     preparation for regular assessment10 h
     preparation of presentation10 h
     writing of seminar paper12 h
Total112 h
Assessment methods:
Individual tasks, discussion and activity on the seminars, presentation in group. Final exam through credit test, combination of open and closed questions.
Recommended reading:
TypeAuthorTitlePublished inPublisherYearISBN
RQADAMCOVÁ, L. et al.Úvod do rozvojových studiíPrahaOeconomica200680-245-1057-X
RQBLAŽEK, J.Teorie regionálního rozvoje: nástin, kritika, klasifikacePrahaKarolinum200280-246-0384-5
RQCARBONE, M.Policy Coherence and EU Development PolicyLondonRoutledge2009978-0-4154-9533-2
RQHAYNES, J.Development studiesCambridge, UKPolity Press2008978-0-7456-3848-5
RQWAISOVÁ, Š. et al.Ve stínu modernity: perspektivy a problémy rozvojePlzeňAleš Čeněk200580-86898-54-7
RQWAISOVÁ, Š.Chudoba a bohatství v současném světě: sborník z konferencePlzeňAleš Čeněk200680-86898-86-5


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