North South Relations

Odnosi sever - jug

Course credits:

5.00 ECTS / 57 (30 hours of lectures, 27 hours of exercises, 0 hours of seminars, 0 hours other forms of work)

Course holder:

prof. dr. Maja Bučar


  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Jana Arbeiter






First semester

Study degree

1. level

    Course execution:

  • Undergraduate Programme of International Relations


Completed enrolment procedure. The course requires basic understanding of international economic relations and international political economy.

Objectives and competences

To introduce the students to the basics of development economics; to build comprehensive knowledge on current issues in developing countries, both external and internal; to discuss contemporary trends in global development.

Content (Syllabus outline)

The course addresses the issues of development in developing countries and their relationship with developed countries. Special attention is paid to internal development problems, whereby the specific characteristics of the social and economic environment in these countries are analysed. Since international aspects crucially affect economic development, issues like international trade, aid and investment are also discussed. The outline of the course follows this structure: •Definition and content of development economics; •Historical overview of global economic development; •Theories and strategies of development; •Development problems and issues (domestic/internal aspects): 1. Poverty/inequality and the distribution of income; 2. Population issues – demography, health, education 3. Employment, rural and urban development, migration; 4. Agriculture in developing countries. •Development problems and issues (international/external aspects): 1. International trade 2. International finance and development: development aid, debt issues; 3. Foreign direct investment and development; 4. The environment and development.

Intended learning outcomes:

Clear understanding of classic and contemporary development theories. Comprehensive knowledge on most pertinent issues in development, like income inequality, demographic picture, migration, international trade, etc. Ability to find and interpret various economic development data like GDP/per capita, HDI, Gini coefficient, etc.

Learning and teaching methods:

Lectures, seminars.


Oral presentation of the seminar assignment (20%, requirement for eligibility to take written exam), written exam (80%).

Obligatory literature

1. Unit of obligatory literature:

Author: Todaro, Michael P.; Smith, Stephen C.
Title: Economic development »
Edition: 13th ed.
Publishing: Harlow, England [etc.] : Pearson, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-292-29115-4; 978-1-292-29120-8; 978-1-292-29119-2
COBISS.SI-ID: 28098819 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »
Notes: Dostop za FDV za enega uporabnika

2. Unit of obligatory literature:

Author: Bučar, Maja
Title: North-South relations, interno gradivo »
Publishing: Ljubljana : Fakulteta za družbene vede, 2015
COBISS.SI-ID: #NULL! - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »
All obligatory literature in catalog ODKJG »

Additional literature

All additional literature in catalog ODKJG »

Hot to aquire credits:

For full and part study

  1. Lectures, seminars and individual consultations
    Short seminar paper or short assignments - 1.
    Written exam, oral exam, written/oral exam or 2 midterm exams

Curriculum was last modified on: 18.05.2020