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Project 3 in Current Global and Development Challenges

Project 3 in Current Global and Development Challenges
Master programme in
Global and Development Studies / European Master in Global Studies
Type of activity


Teaching language
Study regulation

Registration is through stads selvbetjeningwithin the announced registration period, as you can see on the Studyadministration homepage.

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Number of participants
Responsible for the activity
Kerstin Carlson (carlson@ruc.dk)
Miriam Bak McKenna (miriambm@ruc.dk)
Head of study
Somdeep Sen (sens@ruc.dk)
Study administration
ISE Registration & Exams (ise-exams@ruc.dk)
Exam code(s)
Overall objective

This project will allow students to hone and build on skills accumulated in previous semesters to identify, condense and analyse contemporary global and development challenges. Student work in groups on a particular relevant contemporary global and development challenge. They provide a literature review summarizing different analytical approaches to the challenge; an analysis of the phenomenon based on primary material; and a conclusion that addresses possible solutions. The project should collect and analyse various sources from, for example, statistics, databases, newspapers, television, online sources, or through interviews.

Detailed description of content

The project module consists of the following activities:

Workshop 1: Theoretical and methodological tools

A double lecture that presents core perspectives on economic and social contestation and provides the students with an overview of relevant conceptual and methodological tools.

Workshop 2: Supervisor presentations and identification of relevant cases

Supervisors introduce themselves, present elements of their own research relevant for the project and point the students towards relevant cases for their projects.

Workshop 3: Group formation

Joint group formation for 1st and 2nd semester students.

In addition, students will be offered a cluster supervision session (week 8-9), a facilitated peer-feedback session (week 12-13) and two individual group supervision sessions with the assigned supervisor.

It is a key part of this module that the students engage actively with actors in social contestation. They can do so by studying campaigns, participating in strategic meetings with various organizations, conducting interviews, analysing campaign material, constructing surveys, and other relevant forms of examination of contentious politics in action.

Course material and Reading list

See Moodle

Overall plan and expected work effort

The project is based on group work (with groups consisting of up to 5 students) and peer-to-peer feedback. The supervisors facilitate 4 workshops during the semester. In connection with these workshops, there are fixed deadlines for the draft papers that the groups are required to submit. The students provide each other with feedback on their drafts, and the supervisors can provide additional feedback and guidance to the groups. The supervisors also prepare short presentations to be held during the first two workshops. The presentations form the basis for discussion of important aspects of the project reports, e.g.: How do you compile a multidisciplinary literature review? How should empirical data be presented in a chapter?

10 ECTS = 270 hours (divided between preparation/reading, workshops, supervision, project work, and examination)

Evaluation and feedback

"The activity are evaluated regularly regarding the study board evaluation procedure. The activity responsible will be orientated about a potential evaluation of the activity at semesterstart. See link to the study board evaluation praxis here https://intra.ruc.dk/nc/for-ansatte/organisering/raadnaevn- og-udvalg/oversigt-over-studienaevn/studienaevn-for-internationale-studier/arbejdet-medkvalitet- i-uddannelserne/"


Programme will be available on Moodle

Overall learning outcomes

  • The project provides students the ability to address global and development challenges from various disciplinary and methodological angles. The outcome is to involve students in the production of an edited e-book (e.g. “Global and Development Challenges 2022”) that for each year will track and showcase the degree.

Form of examination
Oral project exam in groups with individual assessment.

Permitted group size: 2-5 students.

The character limits of the project report are:
For 2 students: 33,600-48,000 characters, including spaces.
For 3 students: 40,800-50,400 characters, including spaces.
For 4 students: 45,600-52,800 characters, including spaces.
For 5 students: 48,000-60,000 characters, including spaces.
The character limits include the cover, table of contents, summary, bibliography, figures and other illustrations, but exclude any appendices.

The project report must include a summary, that is part of the assessment. The summary can either be written in English or Danish.

Time allowed for exam including time used for assessment is for:
2 students: 60 minutes.
3 students: 75 minutes.
4 students: 90 minutes.
5 students: 105 minutes.

Writing and spelling skills in the project report are part of the assessment.

Permitted support and preparation materials at the oral exam: All

Assessment: 7-point grading scale.
Moderation: Internal co-assessor.
Form of Re-examination
Samme som ordinær eksamen / same form as ordinary exam
Type of examination in special cases
Examination and assessment criteria

Explain and evaluate, using relevant terminology, various theories relating to Global and Development studies.

Authoritatively and independently, select and apply relevant theories in relation to a specific case.

Analyse and reflect critically on the project.

Discuss in a creative and solution-oriented way how and to what extent the analysed global and development challenge can be addressed.

Communicate knowledge in oral and written language that is technically precise, well-structured and well-argued.

Besides above following will be part of the assessment • Resume in English or Danish • Writing and spelling skills are part of the assessment.

Oral presentation Same criteria as for project, but also: The student are able to: • Present and communicate • Take part in dialogue and discussion about the written project report The assessment is a collective assessment of all above.

Exam code(s)
Exam code(s) : U60124
Last changed 06/03/2023

lecture list:

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Monday 06-02-2023 12:15 - 06-02-2023 16:00 in week 06
Project 3 in Current Global and Development Challenges - Workshop (GDS)

Wednesday 24-05-2023 10:00 - 24-05-2023 10:00 in week 21
Project 3 in Current Global and Development Challenges - Hand In (GDS)

Thursday 01-06-2023 08:15 - Friday 30-06-2023 18:00 in week 22 to week 26
Project 3 in Current Global and Development Challenges - Oral exam (GDS)

Tuesday 01-08-2023 08:15 - Thursday 31-08-2023 18:00 in week 31 to week 35
Project 3 in Current Global and Development Challenges - Oral reexam (GDS)