Concepts of Social Development (824AF)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module examines a number of key concepts in social development, situating them intellectually, historically and institutionally. For each topic we will look at how different concepts have been applied in aid policy and practice, and at the debates and controversies they have given rise to. By drawing on analysis of case studies and examples drawn from different countries, you are encouraged to reflect critically upon the theoretical, practical and ethical implications of each notion and to develop your own views about the applicability of these concepts and their potential impacts in different social contexts.


100%: Seminar


40%: Coursework (Essay)
60%: Written assessment (Essay)

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.