934100 Development research and practice

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Plank, Christina , Wurzinger, Maria , Probst, Lorenz , Darabant, Andras , Lemke, Stefanie , Stadlmayr, Barbara , Melcher, Andreas
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction


##Please note: we will not have a final exam, but short tests at the beginning of each session. Participation in 80% of sessions is compulsory.##

Together with you, we want to address three questions:

**Why development cooperation?**
Our joint responsibility for global justice and sustainability based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

**What are the approaches in development cooperation?**
Specific approaches and goals
•Mainstream approaches and involved stakeholders (donors, experts, etc.)
•Alternative, partnership-oriented approaches: inter- and transdisciplinary, gender-transformative and human rights-based approaches
•Examples of goals in development cooperation: food and nutrition security, human right to adequate food, sustainable food systems, resilience, empowerment and women’s rights, sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity
•The Sustainable Development Goals in international development

**How is development cooperation done in practice?**
Case studies from our work
•Sustainable fisheries
•Animal husbandry and resource conflicts in marginalised areas
•Governance of natural resources, with specific focus on women’s rights to communal land
•Large-scale land investment and land grabbing: impact on food and nutrition security
•Striving for food justice: examples from urban agriculture initiatives
•Agroecology and organic farming
•Political cooperation and coherence

Previous knowledge expected

Basic knowledge of English. The course is facilitated in a way that everyone can participate fully.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

•Understanding of the arguments supporting development cooperation and the contradictions faced
•Knowledge of the most important actors in international development cooperation and their funding mechanisms
•Insight into the SDGs and related processes
•Knowledge of current approaches and goals in development cooperation
•Overview of the different professional fields in development cooperation, especially from the perspective of BOKU graduates.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.