Global Development Challenges and Innovation (AF002)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

Through a mix of interactive lectures and workshops, this module introduces you to two related areas of development: global challenges, and innovative responses to these challenges.

Global challenges are presented through lectures by experts in their field. You will explore how problems are defined, measured and recorded.

You will also look at international development processes (SDGs and MDGs) to understand how corresponding actions are determined across scale, from global to local level.

Workshops following each lecture introduce you to a range of innovative responses to the challenge discussed. And you work in groups to develop an in-depth understanding of a specific country’s response to the challenge outlined in the previous week’s lecture. In these groups, you 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
  • and 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 COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: