Rural Development in the Global South, 7,5 ECTS

Field. Photo: Ivan Bandura /Unsplash

Duration: February 22, 2024- May 8, 2024

PhD course within the People, Society and Sustainability Research School (PSS).

This course introduces the research subject Rural Development with a focus on the Global South. It covers the basics about origins and evolution of development as a concept, as well as its critiques, and the thematic areas central to contemporary research and debates in the field. The course is suitable for PhD students early in their studies who need orientation in this research field.

Students will have the opportunity to interact with many high profile researchers and lecturers at the Division of Rural Development, SLU. Through a combination of lectures, interactive seminars and group discussions, students will be able to think through and receive feedback from lecturers on how they may apply the themes from the course in developing their own research. The online format allows students from all over the world to join.

The three lecture weeks are full time, otherwise the studies are part time where students read course material and work on assignments.


Online (via Zoom)



Maximum number of students

20 PhD students

Date and time

22 February–8 May, 2024, 13:00-16:00 Central European Time

Last day for applications

8 December 2023

Course leaders

Flora Hajdu () and

Alin Kadfak () Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Course syllabus