University of Sussex Business School

Key Thinkers in Development (L2145)

Key Thinkers in Development

Module L2145

Module details for 2022/23.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 4

Module Outline

This module provides an introduction to some of the most important thinkers in international development. It provides a broad historical overview of the evolution of development thinking by starting with key debates initiated in the 18th and 19th centuries and moving to contemporary thinkers from diverse geographical regions. For each week students will read an original text from the key thinker discussed as well as an additional supporting/critical text. Overall the module's aims and objectives are to provide students with a broad understanding of different approaches to development thinking, why they arose and their current applicability in the age of globalisation.

Module learning outcomes

An understanding of the key thinkers in the history of development studies

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayT2 Week 6 30.00%
EssayT2 Week 11 70.00%

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
Spring SemesterLecture1 hour11111111111
Spring SemesterSeminar1 hour11111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Elizabeth Mills

Assess convenor

Prof Anne-Meike Fechter

Assess convenor

Prof Benjamin Selwyn

Convenor, Assess convenor

Mr Ben Facer

Assess convenor

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