Development studies build on theory and concepts of development issues and apply inter-, trans-, and multi- disciplinary approach. They combine various approaches: from sociology of development, economic sociology and political economy, history, science and cultural studies as well as international development approach. Special attention is paid to systematic (temporally successive or simultaneous) comparative treatment of developmental problems, integrating international, national and local/regional level as well as key actors and actor networks of contemporary development (e.g. transnational political and economic actors, science and technology, etc.). Development studies apply "policy" approach in exploring the contemporary development theory, "philosophy", strategies and good practices. The main objective of development studies is the search for and in-depth treatment of key theoretic antagonisms as well as specific issues deriving from development practice.
Three main strands of content of development studies correspond to the expertise of staff at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences: socioeconomics of development, science, development and culture, development and international relations. Each stand can be further elaborated by individual doctoral candidate in accordance with his/her field of interest.