International Cooperation and Development – SEA


Core Module C1140 International Cooperation and Development – SEA
Exam Code 1140
Credit Points 5 ECTS
Term Summer
Module Coordination Dr. Mohammad Al-Saidi
Lecturers Dr. Dao Trong Tu, Le Van Chinh PhD., Dr. Le van Chin
Workload (h) 45 Attendance 105 Self-Study
Prerequisites None
Intended Learning Outcome

After completion of this module the participants will:be able to apply knowledge and relevant concepts regarding legal, economic and political aspects of international cooperation towards solving challenges of natural resources

by understanding principles of development economics, applying knowledge from economic theories to analyze trends and actors of international trade differentiating between forms and actors of IC, evaluating concepts of international relations and understanding basic concepts of international environmental law getting in touch with actors from international cooperation through a policy-science dialogue

in order to develop strategies for bilateral, international and multilateral cooperation, and understand environmental debates in the international agenda and recent development and challenges of different ODA institutions

Content Development Economics

  • Low income countries and the development process
  • Economic development theories,
  • Elements of economic development: Structural changes, role of agricultural sector, industrialization, environment and sustainable development
  • Population growth, education and social development
  • Development indicators
  • International Markets, WTO processes, LDC and the MDG’s

International Cooperation

  • Forms of international cooperation, bilateral, multilateral, economic, technical, financial, scientific, etc…
  • International and national organisations and programs related to natural resources management and environment
  • Environmental Law and International Environmental Conventions

Historical background on environmental and resource laws

  • Principles of environmental law
  • International agreements, protocols, conventions and contracts, Climate: Kyoto protocol, Biodiversity: UN convention on Biological Diversity, desertification: UN convention to combat desertification, Water: Helsinki, ECE transboundary waters convention, Wetlands: Ramsar

The students are also expected to visit the parallel lecture series under the ITT Thematic Seminars. These lectures constitute a regular platform that intend to offer current ITT students the opportunity to improve their practical knowledge and know current development related debates and paradigms through lectures by external guests. The lecture series is announced through a separate program and is an integral part of this module.

Teaching Method Lectures, Guided group work, Visits to international organizations in Bonn and Cologne
Assesment Method Written Exam (85%), Short paper: Report on the Role of one visited institution during excursions in international development (15 %)
Recommended Reading

Birnie, P. et al (2009) International Law and the Environment Oxford University Press, USA; 3rd editionBMZ Strategy papers. http://www.bmz.de/en/publications/type_of_publication/strategies/index.html

Gilles, M et al (2001), Economics of Development W. W. Norton & Company; 5th edition

Kingsbury, D (2008) International Development: Issues and Challenges, Palgrave Macmillan

Lopez, R, toman MA (2006) Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability: New Policy Options. Oxford University Press

Torado/ Smith (2015): Economic Development, Prentice Hall.

World Bank (2013): Development Cooperation, A set of Lectures: Part II, Lectures 3+ 4

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