University of Sussex Business School

Global Development Challenges (AF002)

Global Development Challenges and Innovation

Module AF002

Module details for 2022/23.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 4

Module Outline

Through a mix of interactive lectures and workshops, this module will introduce students to two related areas of development: global challenges, and innovative responses to these challenges. Similar to Issues, what are now called global challenges will be presented through lectures by experts in the field. Students will explore how problems are defined, measured and recorded, and they will look at international development processes (SDGs and MDGs) to understand how corresponding actions are determined across scale, from the global to the local level.
The workshops following each lecture will introduce students to a range of innovative responses to the development challenge discussed in the corresponding lecture; further, students will work in groups to develop an in-depth understanding of a specific country’s response to the development challenge outlined in the previous week’s lecture. In these groups, students will draw on multi-media resources and their 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 a critical understanding of key development challenges.

2. Demonstrate a capacity to critically 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.

Essay (2000 words)Semester 2 Assessment Week 3 Tue 16:00100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

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Dr Benjamin Hunter

Assess convenor

Dr Elizabeth Mills

Assess convenor

Mx Emilia Moscardini-Powers

Assess convenor

Prof Anne-Meike Fechter

Assess convenor

Dr Anna Laing


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