Theories of International Education and Development (801X3)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module serves as an introduction to key theories in international education and development. It begins with a historical overview of theories of international education and development. This is followed by a critical examination of the main theoretical frameworks relating to education and development including modernisation theory, human capital theory, dependency and underdevelopment theory, capability theory, feminist and post-colonialist/post-structuralist approaches, and pedagogy. The examination of the different theoretical approaches pays particular attention to their implications for the funding, governance, policy, delivery of education in economically and socially diverse national contexts.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: