University of Sussex Business School

Global Development Paradigms (L2132)

Global Development Paradigms, Policy and Politics

Module L2132

Module details for 2022/23.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 4

Module Outline

This module will be organised as a genealogy of development policy thinking from post war decolonisation onwards. It will therefore pick up where the other core module ‘Colonialism and After’ ends chronologically and will complement the Spring term core module ‘Key Thinkers in Development’ which is an intellectual history of development theory and theorists. It will provide an essential foundation introducing first year ID students (joints and single majors) to the evolution of International Development as a global project from its post- world war II origins to the present day, mapping out the key moments (of innovation, crisis and reinvention) in that evolution and the shifts in thinking that underpin changes in global development agendas/policy. How do different actors shape, relate to, sustain or contest the shifting orthodoxies of development, and how in turn is the agenda reshaped and re-invented as it faces various crises and challenges?

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.

Essay (1500 words)Semester 1 Assessment Week 2 Mon 16:0075.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayT1 Week 6 100.00%

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 SemesterLecture2 hours11111111111

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Mr Ben Facer

Assess convenor

Prof Anne-Meike Fechter

Assess convenor

Dr Dinah Rajak


Dr Elizabeth Mills

Assess convenor

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