Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

Inside Development: the Social Life of Aid

Module L2152A

Module details for 2017/18.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module considers what could be called the ‘ethnographic turn’ in development studies, which brings ethnographic methods and perspectives to bear on aid institutions, policies, and actors. These include particular methodological approaches, such as participant observation within aid organisations or ‘expert’ communities; attention to neglected dimensions such as the material culture of aid, and the role of the body in development work. In addition to the ethnography of policy-making, we will also investigate the role of non-official materials such as aid worker blogs, memoirs, and ‘development blockbusters’.

Module learning outcomes

A systematic understanding of the key themes and arguments that arise from ethnographic approaches to a range of development actors.

A comprehensive knowledge of the relevant literature, covering an interdisciplinary range of texts.

The ability to independently analyse, and critically evaluate primary and secondary sources on these key themes.

The ability to creatively communicate knowledge and understanding of central debates in this field in written work.

Report (4000 words)Semester 1 Assessment Week 1 Wed 16:0075.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
Group PresentationT1 Week 7 (20 minutes)100.00%

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 SemesterWorkshop3 hours111110111110

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Dr Anne-Meike Fechter


Miss Emilia Roycroft

Assess convenor

Dr Elizabeth Mills

Assess convenor

Miss Ellie Margott

Assess convenor

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