Sustainable Development in Developing Countries

Practical information:

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This is a theme minor.

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Own website of the minor.

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Information brochure of the minor in PDF.

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Responsible faculty: MB.

Minor team:

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Franco García, mrs.dr. M.L. (coordinator)

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Zuithof-Otten, mrs. M. (organisational support)

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Kooijman-van Dijk, mrs. dr.ir. A.L. (contact person from faculty)

Before contacting any of the team members above, please consult these Frequently Asked Questions about the minor.

Special information:

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The minor Sustainable Development in Developing Countries has a study load of 20 or 25 European Credits, depending on the specific minor programme you choose.

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The aim of the minor is to help students from all backgrounds to develop a critical understanding of 'sustainable development', and to gain experience of sustainable development issues, possibly through a period of field work in a developing country.

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All modules in this minor are given in English.

Short description of content:

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Module 1: Fundamentals of Sustainable Development (5 EC)

This module involves classes, guest lectures and discussions on fundamental issues related to development.

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Module 2: The Practice of Project Work (5 EC)

This module consists of two elements: [1] lectures and workshops and [2] a multi-disciplinary group exercise.

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Module 3: Education in Developing Countries: Politics & Policy (5 EC)

This module will focus on the contemporary educational challenges and dilemmas faced by developing and transition countries in their efforts to catch up with the wealthier nations in the world.

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Module 4: Writing a paper (5 EC)

Students enrolled to version A of this minor end their minor with a written paper. The paper should be based in any of the topics included in any of the previous modules to this module.

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Module 5: Field study: (second semester / flexible, 15 EC)

This module entails an internship (stage) of at least 10 weeks in a developing country.

The minor consists of a combination of five modules. Participants can select one of the following versions if they want to complete the minor (and possibly receive a Minor Certificate).

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Version A (20 EC):

This version of the minor consists of modules 1, 2, 3 and 4.

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Version B (25 EC):

This version of the minor consists of modules 1, 2 and 5 and is identical to the former minor Sustainable Development in a North-South Perspective: 'As the World Turns'.