Summer School: Global Studies

This Summer, study at the home of the Institute of Development Studies - the best department for Development Studies in the world. Discover our Global Studies Summer School module below.

Global Studies modules

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Session One 

  • Global Development Challenges

    Module code: IS416

    This module is designed to teach you about the different dimensions of key global development challenges and possible solutions. You will learn how problems are defined, measured and recorded, looking at international development processes to understand how responses are determined across scale, from the global to the local.

    Experts in the field will present interactive lectures and workshops on each challenge and corresponding innovations. Challenges examined may include: Poverty and Inequality, Climate & Environment, Migration & Refugee and Global Health Challenges.

    You will work in groups to develop an in-depth understanding of specific countries’ responses to the development challenges. In these groups, you will draw on multi-media resources and your own creativity to explore: (1) how responses are developed and by whom; (2) how they are financed and communicated; (3) how support is mobilised; and, (4) different ways to measure their success or failure.

    This module is solution-focused – in your groups you will be asked to reflect on how you would address the challenge and work creatively to identify innovative responses. You will have the opportunity to present this work at the end the module in a conference. You will also be asked to demonstrate critical reflection on the politics and processes that respond to development challenges. To do this, you will be guided to read academic and policy literature, and reflect and engage with this in your own writing.

    This module is ideal for those with a Geography, Politics, Anthropology, Social Science, International Relations or Law background – or indeed anyone with an interest in social sciences and a passion for key issues facing our world today.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Develop a critical understanding of key development challenges
    • Demonstrate a capacity to critically reflect on the politics and processes that underpin responses to development challenges
    • Engage effectively and creatively in collaborative activities with others to achieve common goals that reflect the potential needs of future employers
    • Demonstrate good writing skills that showcase the student’s ability to be reflexive and to engage with academic and policy literature.

    Teaching method: Lectures and workshops
    Assessment: 80% essay, 20% group presentation
    Contact hours: 44 hours


About the School of Global Studies

The University of Sussex is ranked first in the world for Development Studies.

The ranking reflects the quality, impact and range of international development research and courses offered across the Sussex campus – including in the School of Global Studies, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and Centre for International Education (CIE).

  • 1stin the world for Development Studies*

  • 9thin the UK for Anthropology**

  • Winnercollaborative award for teaching excellence

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* QS World Universiy Rankings by Subject 2020, ** The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020


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