Global Development Challenges and Innovation (AF002)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

This module will introduce you to two related areas of development:

  • global challenges
  • innovative responses to these challenges.

Global challenges will be presented by experts in the field. You will:

  • explore how problems are defined, measured and recorded
  • look at international development processes (SDGs and MDGs) to understand how corresponding actions are determined across scale, from the global to the local level
  • examine a range of innovative responses to each development challenge discussed.

You will work in groups to develop an in-depth understanding of a specific country’s response to the development challenge outlined in the previous week’s lecture. In these groups, you will draw on multimedia resources and your own creativity to explore:

  • how responses are developed and by whom
  • how they are financed and communicated
  • how support is mobilised
  • different ways to measure their success or failure.


100%: Lecture


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: