Development Practice

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content


The main objective is to introduce students to the Development Practice arena first and foremost as a field of practice, but also as a research subject and as the object of critical scholarship. The course builds on the students┬┐ prior knowledge of development scholarship generally (the first semester), and an introductory course in Development at the master's level is a prerequisite.


The main themes are (1) the project cycle including a) preparedness; b) monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL); and c) capacity-building and training; d) funding applications and reporting; (2) Advocacy and policy encompassing mainstreaming and intersectionality of gender, age, disability, rights-based approaches, Protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) and safeguarding; (3) Coordination systems (Governance and actors) at global/regional/ national/ local levels including development/humanitarian/ peace organisations (triple nexus); UN systems; Inter-agency standing committee; (4) Buzz concepts (current trends) and "has been" buzz concepts.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course the student will be able to


  • Appraise the project cycle in a humanitarian or development organisation or service provider and evaluate preparedness in the form of
    • Needs assessment and analysis
    • Strategic planning
    • Resource mobilisation
    • Implementation and monitoring
    • Operational peer-review and evaluation


  • Create effective solutions to real-life challenges experienced by humanitarian and development organisations or service providers
  • Analyse how to design an evaluation of an intervention/project at various levels
    • Monitoring
    • Evaluation
    • Accountability including PSEA
    • Learning (log-frames, theories of change, indicators, etc.)
  • Assemble and justify dimensions of capacity-building and training relevant to a range of humanitarian or development projects


  • Apply components of policy at different levels (from organisation to national to global) to analyse advocacy and mainstreaming on a range of issues (e.g. climate/greening; gender; human rights, etc.)
  • Analyse the complex network of co-ordination systems and actors at different levels
  • Be critically aware of current "buzz" concepts/approaches and be able to evaluate their contextual relevance across time and space



ECTS Credits

15 ECTs

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Students must have completed a master's level introductory course in development as well as courses in methodology.
Access to the Course
Open only to students registered in Master's Programme in Global Development Theory and Practice
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching methods comprise lectures, workshops, and group work.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
80% attendance is required in all workshops and group work. All students are required to participate actively at all stages of the group work: designing the project, collecting and analysing data, writing the group report and in the group presentation.
Forms of Assessment

Portfolio assessment with the portfolio consisting of two group products:

  • A report (20 pages + appendices)
  • A presentation
Grading Scale
The reports and the oral presentations are evaluated passed/not passed.
Assessment Semester
Reading List
Reading list will be made available from 1 December
Course Evaluation
The course will be evaluated in accordance with the Faculty of Psychology's routines for participatory evaluation and the University of Bergen's Quality Assurance System.
Programme Committee
Department of Health Promotion and Development, Faculty of Psychology
Course Coordinator
Department of Health Promotion and Development
Course Administrator
Department of Health Promotion and Development, Faculty of Psychology