International development

Global Development Challenges and Innovation

Module code: AF002
Level 4
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture
Assessment modes: Portfolio, Coursework

Through a mix of interactive lectures and workshops, this module introduces you to two related areas of development: global challenges, and innovative responses to these challenges.

Global challenges are presented through lectures by experts in their field. You will explore how problems are defined, measured and recorded.

You will also look at international development processes (SDGs and MDGs) to understand how corresponding actions are determined across scale, from global to local level.

Workshops following each lecture introduce you to a range of innovative responses to the challenge discussed. And you work in groups to develop an in-depth understanding of a specific country’s response to the challenge outlined in the previous week’s lecture. In these groups, you draw on multimedia resources and your own creativity to explore:

  • how responses are developed and by whom
  • how they are financed and communicated
  • how support is mobilised
  • and different ways to measure their success or failure.

Module learning outcomes

  • 1. Develop an understanding of key development challenges.
  • 2. Demonstrate a capacity to reflect on the politics and processes that underpin responses to development challenges.
  • 3. Engage effectively and creatively in collaborative activities with others to achieve common goals that reflect the potential needs of future employers.
  • 4. Demonstrate good writing skills that showcase the student’s ability to be reflexive and to engage with academic and policy literature.