Global Development Paradigms, Policy and Politics (L2132)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

How do different actors shape, relate to, sustain or contest the shifting orthodoxies of development,

How in turn is the agenda reshaped and re-invented as it faces various crises and challenges?

This module will be organised as a genealogy of development policy thinking from post war decolonisation onwards. It will give you an essential introduction to the evolution of international development as a global project from its post-World War II origins to the present day. It will map out the key moments (of innovation, crisis and reinvention) in that evolution and the shifts in thinking that underpin changes in global development agendas/policy.


100%: Lecture


25%: Coursework (Essay)
75%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 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 2023/24. 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.