International development

Global Development Paradigms, Policy and Politics

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

This module gives you an overview of international development and provides some of the foundations for subsequent development modules.

You'll also look at debates around aid, development and social change.

You will consider what the term "development" means, exploring varied interpretations and the different practices associated with it.

You'll then looks at trends in development thinking, and from there identify ideas and actors who have been influential in shaping international development thinking, policy and practice.

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.