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global studies / International Development Studies / International Public Administration and Politics / Politics and Administration / Public Administration
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|Detailed description of content||
In this course, we explore the role of radical alternatives and utopian thinking in a world that is desperate to solve the accumulated problems that it has created for itself. We examine the politics, theory, worldviews and practices related to a wide set of initiatives around the world that seek radical alternatives to the currently dominant processes of globalized development. By organizing economic and social activity around principles such as solidarity and cooperation, such alternatives challenge a modernist ontology of universal solutions in favor of a multiplicity of possible worlds. The struggles for alternative forms of social and economic organisation led by indigenous groups, eco-village networks, landless peasants and other subaltern groups provide a much needed critique, contributing to decolonizing and invigorating debates about how we can organize work, production, consumption and societies more broadly in a manner which respects ecological boundaries while building on principles of solidarity and cooperation.
Assignment 1 – conceptually / theoretically based paper
Identify two different conceptualizations of alternative modes of organizing society (locally or globally). Discuss the two concepts against each other and argue how they challenge existing orders and how they provide alternatives. You are expected to reference at least 5 readings from the course. In the assignment, you need to present your own argument. This could e.g. be
• As juxtaposition of different perspectives/theories
• A discussion of congruence or mismatch between concepts and the way they promote alternative orders
• A discussion of the underlying perspective of one or more of the articles you’re using
Format: max. 12.000 characters, including spaces
Assignment 2 – paper based on a concrete case of an alternative mode of organizing
Assignment 2 has two connected parts, a group work case study and an individual paper
a) Group work case study – case of alternative organizing
• In groups, identify and research a case
• Objective: Apply (some of the) concepts we discuss in the course. This is also a good exercise for research techniques.
• Workshop – short presentations by each group (main findings/ issues/ problems)
b) An individual exam paper.
Use the group case study as a starting point for an individual academic discussion paper. In your discussion, you must reflect on the notion of development in relation to your case and how established ideas of development are challenged or rethought. You are expected to use at least 5 readings from the course.
Format: max. 16.800 characters, including spaces
|Expected work effort (ects-declaration)||
26 hours lectures. 26 hours student presentations + peer feedback exercises 70 hours for course assignment. Reading assigned texts = approximately 78 hours (on average 6 hours preparation per week). 70 hours Preparation of exam + Exam. Total 270 hours
|Course material and reading list||
Selected relevant readings include:
Kothari et al (2019) “Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary” Edited by Ashish Kothari, Ariel Salleh, Arturo Escobar, Federico Demaria, and Alberto Acosta. Tulika Books
Dinerstein, A. (2015). The Politics of autonomy in Latin America: The art of organising hope. Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave Macmillan: 81
Critique of Erik Olin Wright, Envisioning Real Utopias (Brooklyn, NY: Verso, 2010)
J. K. Gibson-Graham, A Post-Capitalist Politics (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006)
Eduardo Gudynas, “Buen Vivir: Today’s tomorrow,” Development, 2011, 54(4), (441–447)
Conway, J. and J. Singh. (2011) ‘Radical Democracy in Global Perspective: Notes from the Pluriverse’, Third World Quarterly, 32(4), pp. 689–706.
Dinerstein, A.C. (2017) Social Sciences for An Other Politics. Women Theorising without Parachutes, Palgrave Macmillan, London.
Bloch, E. (1959/1986) The Principle of Hope, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press: 307.
|Evaluation- and feedback forms||
Students will evaluate the course during a mid-term and a final evaluation. This is to allow the students’ input into the future design and delivery of the course. The students will receive and provide feedback multiple times during group work and presentations. In addition, feedback is given to each student individually at the examination.
|Administration of exams||
ISE Studieadministration (email@example.com)
|The responsible course lecturer||
Lone Riisgaard (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Learning outcomes and assessment criteria||
The objective of the advanced study course is to provide students with advanced knowledge and understanding within a specific research area. At least two advanced study courses will be offered per semester:
|Prerequisites for participation||
Currently no data from curriculum.
|Prerequisites for participation in the exam||
Currently no data from curriculum.
|Teaching and working methods||
The course is based on lectures, but will also include other teaching and working methods such as group work, exercises, student presentations, peer feedback and field trips or guest lectures as well as other practical activities. During the course, a written assignment will be prepared which consists of a response to a question that has been given at the start of the course.
|Type of activity||
|Form of examination||
Individual written portfolio.
The portfolio consists of 2 written products, that wholly or partially are developed during the course. For example, products can be exercise responses, speech papers for presentations, written feedback, reflection, written assignments. The preparation of the products may be subject to time limits.
The character limit: maximum 28,800 characters, including spaces.
The character limits include the cover, table of contents, bibliography, figures and other illustrations, but exclude any appendices.
The portfolio's specific products and the (if relevant) recommended size (character limit) for the individual products are made public on study.ruc.dk before the course begins.
The entire portfolio must be handed in at the same time.
The submission deadline will be public on study.ruc.dk before the course begins.
The assessment is individual and based on the entire portfolio.
Assessment: 7-point grading scale.
|Form of Re-examination||
Samme som ordinær eksamen