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Development Studies

Bachelor's programme in Development Studies (BIDS) 180 credits. Autumn term.
A collaboration between several different departments.
Language of studies: English

The Bachelor’s Programme in Development Studies is an interdisciplinary programme with a focus on economic, social and political processes and their linkages to development cooperation.

Concrete skills needed to work in development-related fields.

You are given the knowledge needed to critically examine and understand the preconditions for, and process of, development. The programme offers you both the background knowledge and the concrete skills needed to work in development-related fields.

You will also gain a critical social science approach that prepares you for postgraduate studies and will assist you in various professions within government agencies, private firms and NGOs.

Four disciplines

The programme draws on, and combines, the scientific traditions from four different disciplines within the social sciences:

  • sociology
  • political science
  • economic geography
  • economic history

This offers you a multi-disciplinary perspective on development studies, and provides opportunity to deepen the knowledge in any of the aforementioned subjects.

Read more details about the programme at The Department of Human Geography and the Human Ecology Division.


Courses given at the Department of Sociology

For a complete list of all courses within the programme please visit

Courses that can be studied at the Department of Sociology:

Year 1

Year 2

The following four courses have been developed to to be of particular interest for students on the Bachelors of Development Studies programme, but are open to all students at Lunds university and international exchange students who meet the entry requirements. Click on the course below to see the entry requirements, course description, syllabus and schedule.


Programme structure

For an complete programme structure please visit the Department of Human Geography and the Human Ecology Division at





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