Governing Innovations for Sustainable Development (939N1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

In this module you gain critical theoretical tools and empirical insights into the processes of governance and use of controversial technologies in the global south.

Many technologies are controversial – they mean different things to different people, and can distribute their benefits and costs unevenly. An automobile may be a reliable mean of transport for some, but a polluting and dangerous device for others. Expensive, genetically modified seeds may increase yields and profits for some farmers but produce indebtedness for many others and considered as agri-biodiversity and health hazards by activists. Biofuels may be viewed as an effective way to reduce emissions by some – but as a serious threat to food security by others.

This module considers the questions raised by these disagreements and disputes. You cover significant questions about two central aims of much contemporary international development – environmental sustainability and poverty reduction. We ask can the (re)development and use of controversial technologies be governed by state/non-state actors towards greater environmental sustainability and inclusiveness? And if yes, how?

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 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We’re planning to run this module in the academic year 2021/22. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.