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 on 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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.