International development

Global Development Paradigms, Policy and Politics

Module code: L2132
Level 4
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework, Portfolio

This module offers an introduction to key ideas and actors in international development. It begins by considering what the term 'development' means, exploring a range of different interpretations and the different kinds of practices that are associated with the idea of development. It goes on to look at trends in development thinking, and from there to identify a series of ideas and actors who have been influential in shaping international development thinking, policy and practice. By looking at the kinds of ideas about development associated with different kinds of actors, and at debates about aid, development and social change, the module will give you an overview of the field of international development and put in place some of the foundations for subsequent development modules.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of underlying principles and concepts shaping international development policy.
  • Use a reflexive approach to learning and recognize the importance of self-evaluation and reflection to academic and professional practice.
  • Develop the ability to critically analyse and evaluate different approaches to international development and identify different kinds of development actors.
  • Demonstrate capacity to express own ideas and perspectives on development policy and thinking.