GEOG3053 - Discourses of Development and Globalisation


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours E

Course content

The course explores interrelations between development and globalization, and how concepts like ‘development’ and ‘sustainability’ are mobilized in different discourses driving societal change. The course introduces multiple theories and concepts, focusing on contemporary issues such as poverty, social and economic inequalities, environmental sustainability, mobility and migration, and the influence of local and global actors in promoting or impeding equitable and sustainable change. The course leverages a diverse array of practical and empirical insights, drawing on the expertise of lecturers from multiple fields of study.

Learning outcome

A student who has completed this course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


  • is able to identify different discourses of development and globalization from diverse fields of academic thought. Students will learn the theoretical underpinnings of these discourses and have a deep understanding of how globalization is linked to development challenges.


  • has acquired the ability to articulate key theories and to conduct analysis of ongoing development and globalization issues. They will also be able to communicate these analyses in writing and dialogue.

General competence:

  • The course provides basic competence for the candidates research work as well as preparing them for work in international organisations and aid agencies.

Learning methods and activities

Up to 20 hours lectures and assignment. Compulsory assignments and examinations must be completed in English. Exceptions may be granted on a case by case basis in consultation with the lecturer responsible for the course.

Compulsory assignments

  • Assignment

Further on evaluation

The compulsory assignments must be completed and approved in order to be eligible to take the exam. The examination is a 4 hour written exam (worth 100% of the final grade). Same form of examination is given when re-sitting for the exam or improving the grade. Written exam for the course is offered both in the autumn and spring semester.

Required previous knowledge

Bachelor in social science. Other relevant qualifications can be accepted upon approval by the Department of Geography.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
GEOG3050 7.5 AUTUMN 2007
GEOG3504 7.5 AUTUMN 2007
SVGEO350 7.5 AUTUMN 2007
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Geography
  • Globalisation
  • Social Sciences
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geography


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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