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Project 1 linked to Sustainability, Development and Inequality

Project 1 linked to Sustainability, Development and Inequality
Master programme in
Global and Development Studies / European Master in Global Studies
Type of activity


Teaching language
Study regulation

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You register for activities through stads selvbetjening during the announced registration period, which you can see on the Study administration homepage.

Registration for project-exam: Please remember to confirm your registration by signing up for exam as a group when the group formation is final. The registration is through STADS Online Student Service

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Number of participants
Responsible for the activity
Lone Riisgaard (loner@ruc.dk)
Malin Nystrand (malinn@ruc.dk)
Head of study
Study administration
ISE Registration & Exams (ise-exams@ruc.dk)
Exam code(s)
Overall objective

The objective of the project module is to enable and equip students to make an in-depth problem-based study of a research area related to the course in Sustainability, Development and Inequality. The object of study is developed by the students, but the topic must be associated with the taught course.

In researching for and writing the project, the active application of academic knowledge and theory will provide students with a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the chosen problem area.

Working in groups of minimum 3 students, the project will allow students to build upon the knowledge they acquired in the course on Sustainability, Development and Inequality. Through their independent research and supervision by academic staff, the project groups will learn to select a relevant research problem, formulate an appropriate research question, select theory and method(s), identify or generate data, and analyse the research problem.

They will learn to present the main points of the analysis and the overall results and arguments in an abstract and in a clear and accessible project report format aimed at a wider non-academic audience.

Detailed description of content

The starting point for the project is to articulate a problem formulation related to the causes and consequences of sustainability, development and inequality.

The students then review and compare critically relevant literature, and write a state-of-the-art section for the project. It is recommended to draw on the literature from the Sustainability, Development and Inequality course.

After formulating a research design including methods and analytical approach, the students identify or generate relevant data for the analysis.

Building on the approaches introduced in the course, the students conduct their analysis, and discuss their findings and situate them against broader debates on Sustainability, Development and Inequality such as those introduced in the course.

Guidance on the use of quantitative methods in projects and theses

If you and your group find quantitative analyses relevant to answer your research question, and your supervisor cannot help, here is an offer of assistance. We offer a workshop where a group of researchers will talk about how to use quantitative data in projects and theses. We will present an overview of publicly available data sets, as well as the your possibilities, if you wish to collect your own data. We expect you to have taken a course in basic quantitative methods (BC 8 or equivalent).

The workshop is held on September 27 2023, 12:15-02:00 pm, in theory room 25.3-005

After the workshop you/your group will have the opportunity to book an appointment with a skilled student, who will help with downloading and preparing data for analysis and interpretation. If you need extra guidance on any particular issue, you will be referred to a relevant researcher. Contact Ivan Foberg (ifoberg@ruc.dk) to schedule an appointment.

Course material and Reading list

Students create their own curriculum.

Overall plan and expected work effort

The majority of the activity takes place as self-study, where the group of 3-5 students works independently with a problem-oriented project. The project group can expect up to 3-4 supervision sessions of about 45-60 minutes each.

“Study intensity Outline

• The proposed study intensity for a student in this activity: 270 hours

• The proposed distribution of hours on teaching and learning activities

• Project formation incl introduction to problem-orientated project learning (PPL) (20 hours); group-based individual project work incl project group meetings (205 hours); supervisory meetings incl preparation and debriefing (10 hours); mid-term evaluation incl preparation (30 hours); exam incl preparation (5 hours)

Teaching and learning activities:

• Introduction to PPL

• Project formation

• Group-based project work

• Supervision meetings

• Mid-term evaluation

• Presentation and peer-feedback



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. Se 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

  • Students will acquire knowledge and understanding about a particular problem and its academic debate(s), as well as skills to research and write a project report and an abstract that analyses and discusses the selected problem.

  • They will learn to develop a research problem, select and justify their choice of theory and method, design and implement data collection, and analyse the problem academically and social scientifically.

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

Permitted group size: 3-5 students.

The character limits of the project report are:
For 3 students: 96,000-132,000 characters, including spaces.
For 4 students: 120,000-156,000 characters, including spaces.
For 5 students: 132,000-180,000 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:
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

Students can identify a relevant problem area and formulate a pertinent and coherent research question

Students engage with and critically review relevant literature

Students select, compare and apply a relevant theoretical framework

Students reflect, select and apply relevant methodological tools.

Students can justify their analytical choices and findings

Besides the above, the 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 the project, but also: The student is 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) : U60118
Last changed 30/08/2023

lecture list:

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Tuesday 19-09-2023 08:15 - 19-09-2023 10:00 in week 38
Project 1 - Intro (GDS)

Tuesday 19-09-2023 10:15 - 19-09-2023 12:00 in week 38
Project 1 - Intro (GDS)

Tuesday 19-09-2023 12:30 - 19-09-2023 16:00 in week 38
Project 1 - Project formation (GDS)

Wednesday 20-09-2023 12:15 - 20-09-2023 16:00 in week 38
Project 1 - Project formation (GDS)

Tuesday 19-12-2023 10:00 - 19-12-2023 10:00 in week 51
Project 1 linked to Sustainability, Development and Inequality - Hand-in (GS)

Friday 19-01-2024 08:15 - Wednesday 31-01-2024 18:00 in week 03 to week 05
Project 1 linked to Sustainability, Development and Inequality - Oral exam (GS)

Thursday 01-02-2024 08:15 - Thursday 29-02-2024 18:00 in week 05 to week 09
Project 1 linked to Sustainability, Development and Inequality - Oral reexam (GS)