Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Critical Debates in Development Theory

Module 807AF

Module details for 2016/17.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 7 (Masters)

Module Outline

Theories associated with modernisation, dependency, participatory approaches, post-modernism and as well as the all-encompassing 'globalisation' will be examined during the course. Essentially, the course will seek to show how our thinking about development has changed over time and why it has changed. The course will consist of an introductory lecture followed by lectures with supporting seminars over the following nine weeks. The topics have been chosen to illustrate the major areas where there have emerged theories of development and underdevelopment. While theoretical in orientation, it is hoped that, through the discussions in the seminars, the division between 'theory' and 'practice' will be shown to be to some extent misleading.

Module learning outcomes

Appreciate various viewpoints and theories on current debates in development.

Understand different models and frameworks of evaluating such debates.

Develop advanced analytical communication and skills over issues of development and underdevelopment.

Develop advanced writing skills.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayT1 Week 8 100.00%
Essay (3000 words)Semester 1 Assessment Week 2 Mon 16:0060.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterSeminar2 hours11111111111
Autumn SemesterLecture1 hour11111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Paul Gilbert

Convenor, Assess convenor

Dr John Barlow

Assess convenor

Miss Emilia Roycroft

Assess convenor

Dr Anna Laing

Assess convenor

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