Global Development Challenges and Innovation
Module code: AF002
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture
Assessment modes: Essay
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.
Module learning outcomes
- 1. Develop a critical understanding of key development challenges.
- 2. Demonstrate a capacity to critically reflect on the politics and processes that underpin responses to development challenges
- 3. Engage effectively and creatively in collaborative activities with others to achieve common goals that reflect the potential needs of future employers
- 4. Demonstrate good writing skills that showcase the student’s ability to be reflexive and to engage with academic and policy literature.