School of Business, Management and Economics

Innovation and Sustainability for International Development

(MSc) Innovation and Sustainability for International Development

Entry for 2012

FHEQ level

This course is set at Level 7 (Masters) in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Course Aims

The programme provides students with a systematic knowledge of broad theoretical grounding of the processes of technical change, scientific advances and innovation activities in public and private organisations - at the local and global level - that can (or cannot) foster economic development and lead countries out of poverty.

The programme will enable students to critically address the key issues and controversies in the academic and political circles related to the impact of science, technology and innovation in the context of industrial, economic and sustainable development policies.

Students will be able to understand and critically address the issues above by using a range of inter-disciplinary perspectives and methodologies, including understanding of theoretical frameworks, empirical analysis, use of body of evidences and case studies. They will be able to develop a range of research, presentation, problem-solving and negotiation skills that will prepare them for carriers in academia, government agencies, international development agencies, business and consultancy and NGOs.

The programme is unique in that it is positioned at the interface of SPRU's three core pillars of expertise: science and technology, innovation, and sustainability, and complements SPRUs existing offerings in technology and innovation management and science and technology policy. Students will greatly benefit from SPRU vibrant research community, world-leading in the areas of science technology and innovation analysis and policy and interact with researchers who have been extensively publishing in these areas with a resulting high degree of national and international policy impact.

Course learning outcomes

Develop and demonstrate a systematic understanding of the relevant theories, issues, challenges and debates on science, technology, innovation and economic development

Develop the ability to integrate innovation and sustainability concepts within the theories and debate on economic development

Critically analyse how science, technology and sustainability policy are to be integrated into traditional industrial policy in developing contexts

Critically address the main non-economic and multidimensional approaches to development, their background and underlying rationale

Critically evaluate historical cases of development policies in the global south from the innovation, sustainability and human wellbeing perspective to be able to formulate policy advice in specific contexts

Develop and demonstrate skills in a variety of social science research methods and analytical techniques and to apply these to the analysis and evaluation of contemporary innovation, sustainability and development problems

Develop skills in organising, conducting and communicating research results to a wide range of audiences, including business, government, academia, consultancies and NGOs

Demonstrate self-direction, originality and critical thinking to tackle and solve problems, employing a range of skills including team/group working, ICT skills, written and oral communication skills and the ability to interpret and manipulate quantitative and qualitative data

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn TeachingCoreScience, Technology and Innovations for Economic Development (923N1)307
  CoreSustainability: an Introduction for International Development (929N1)307
  CoreSustainable Development (753N1)307
 Spring TeachingCoreInnovation for Sustainability (849N1)157
  CoreIntroduction to Statistical Research Methods (829N1)157
  CorePerspectives, Methods and Skills for Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (750N1)157
  OptionBuilding Innovation Systems for Development (928N1)157
  Information and Communication Technology Policy and Strategy (812N1)157
  Managing Knowledge (867N1)157
 Summer TeachingOptionStatistical Methods for Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (839N1)07

Part-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn TeachingCoreScience, Technology and Innovations for Economic Development (923N1)307
 Spring TeachingCoreIntroduction to Statistical Research Methods (829N1)157
  CorePerspectives, Methods and Skills for Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (750N1)157
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn TeachingCoreSustainable Development (753N1)307
 Spring TeachingCoreInnovation for Sustainability (849N1)157
  OptionBuilding Innovation Systems for Development (928N1)157
  Energy and Development (922N1)157
  Information and Communication Technology Policy and Strategy (812N1)157
  Managing Knowledge (867N1)157
 Summer TeachingOptionStatistical Methods for Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (839N1)07

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