Introduction

The aim of the ‘Connecting the Classroom’ student activity is to facilitate learning and a cross-cultural appreciation of a number of international development related topics between a group of students at the Department of Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University (UK), and the Department of International Relations, Universitas Indonesia (Indonesia).  Students participating in this activity have the opportunity to learn from one another as they share, review and comment on the other group’s perspective of the topic. By engaging students from different parts of the world in this way, both sets of students will develop a deeper understanding of the culturally specific and situated nature of our own knowledge that informs our understanding of international issues and topics.

Interactions between both sets of students are moderated by the link tutors, Dr Rory Padfield at Oxford Brookes University and Dr Shofwan al-banna Choiruzzad at Universitas Indonesia.

This teaching and learning activity has been incorporated as part of a British Academy International Partnership and Mobility scheme project. The principal investigator is Dr Adam Tyson (Leeds University) and co-investigator is Dr Helena Varkkey (University Malaya).

Project 4: Land grabbing: neo-colonialism or a genuine opportunity for development?

Large scale land acquisition, often referred to as ‘land grabbing’, is a common characteristic of past and contemporary development in the Global South. From colonial expansion in conquered and unconquered territories through to a more ‘modern’ corporate acquisition of land by foreign companies and states. At the heart of this issue are questions related to the morality of land acquisition on this scale, especially in light of the growing food crisis in many parts of the Global South.  Drawing on case studies from the Global South, students are expected to address the following questions: i) Where in the Global South has land grabbing taken place historically and more recently i.e. in last 10 years? ii) Which group of actors are typically in conflict over this issue?    iii) On balance is land grabbing a form of neo-colonialism or a genuine opportunity for development?

The above presentation is from the students at the Department of Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University (UK). The feedback video from the students at the Department of International Relations, Universitas Indonesia (Indonesia) is coming soon…

Code of Conduct for the Connecting the Classroom online discussion – March 2018

To ensure that the Connecting the Classroom online forum is a positive environment, the Department of Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University (UK), and the Department of International Relations, Universitas Indonesia have developed a code of conduct for the benefit of all users. Please download the PDF document on the top for the Code of Conduct.