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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP5071959, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IA2384, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GEOGRAPHY OF DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch Univ. of Leuven
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in SUSTAINABLE TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT

No lecturer assigned to this course unit

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines M-GGR/01 Geography 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018
Show course schedule 2018/19 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Course unit contents: The course contains 6 parts:
The first part treats the classical analysis of the question of development and developing countries (Rostow, Clark), analyses critically the measurements of development and gives a descriptive overview of the diversity of developing countries.
The second part supplies theoretical elements to understand the spatial organization of economic development and differentiates between capitalist and socialist developing routes.
The third part historically treats the beginning and the growth of the developing question from the end of the 15th century till today (world system analysis of Wallerstein)
The fourth part provides an overview of the physical geographical characteristics and processes that determine the developing question in agriculture and resource exploitation: climate and climate changes, soil, soil degradation and soil conservation, biodiversity and deforestation and brings these elements in relation to the human action and the balance of power on different scales.
The fifth part analyses developmental strategies and their geographic dimension, with emphasis on land reform, and industrialization.
In the last part, these different elements are summarized in an overview of geographic structures, historical developments and the current developing questions in Latin- America, sub-Saharan Africa, and South-east Asia. According to the interest of the students, other subjects can be treated.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)