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SP20209: Development policy and practice

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Social & Policy Sciences
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework 1 50% (CW 50%)
  • Coursework 2 50% (CW 50%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
SP20209 Supplementary cw 100% (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide an interdisciplinary appreciation of the process of development policy and its application in practice.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit students should
* Be aware of current trends in development policy and practice
* Understand how the practice of development affects and is affected by forces and actors operating at local, national and international levels
* Be able to demonstrate how the understanding of policy and practice is strengthened by an interdisciplinary analysis.

Skills:

* Critical thinking synthesising interdisciplinary knowledge;
* Capacity to identify key policy approaches and analyse them in relation to development practice and process;
* Ability to select, analyse and present relevant data;
* Manage time effectively to optimise knowledge and understanding of a syllabus;
* Write clearly and concisely and presenting an argument logically and succinctly;
* Independence of thought.

Content:
The unit looks specifically at the dynamics of development policy and practice through an interdisciplinary perspective. Illustrative content: Introduction: Projects, Planning and Intervention; Levels of policy intervention (international to local) and their interconnections; Development Policy and Inter-organisational relationships; the role of rationality and incrementalism in policy; Policy analysis (tools and techniques); Policy analysis (process); use of social science disciplines to understand key policy issues (case study).
Key Texts:
Grindle, M.S. & Thomas J.W. (1991) Public Choices and Policy Change; The Political Economy of Reform in Developing Countries. John Hopskins University Press
Robinson, D. Hewitt, T & Harriss, J (eds) (1999). Managing Development: Inter-organisational relationships. London:Sage
Eade, D (ed) (2000) Development and Management. Oxford: Oxfam GB
Groves, L & R. Hinton (eds) Inclusive Aid. Changing Power and Relationships in International Development. London: Earthscan.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP20209 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • UHSP-AFB21 : BSc(Hons) International Development with Economics (Year 2)
  • UHSP-AKB21 : BSc(Hons) International Development with Economics with Year long work placement (Year 2)

SP20209 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AYB13 : BA(Hons) French and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 2)
  • UHPL-AYB12 : BA(Hons) German and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 2)
  • UHPL-AYB16 : BA(Hons) Italian ab initio and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 2)
  • UHPL-AYB17 : BA(Hons) Spanish and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 2)
  • UHPL-AFB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations (Year 2)
  • UHPL-AAB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • UHPL-AKB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UHPL-AFB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics (Year 2)
  • UHPL-AFB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics (Year 3)
  • UHPL-AAB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • UHPL-AAB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UHPL-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • UHSP-AFB16 : BSc(Hons) Social Policy (Year 2)
  • UHSP-AFB16 : BSc(Hons) Social Policy (Year 3)
  • UHSP-AKB16 : BSc(Hons) Social Policy with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UHSP-AKB16 : BSc(Hons) Social Policy with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UHSP-AFB05 : BSc(Hons) Social Sciences (Year 2)
  • UHSP-AFB05 : BSc(Hons) Social Sciences (Year 3)
  • UHSP-AKB05 : BSc(Hons) Social Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UHSP-AKB05 : BSc(Hons) Social Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UHSP-AFB04 : BSc(Hons) Sociology (Year 2)
  • UHSP-AFB04 : BSc(Hons) Sociology (Year 3)
  • UHSP-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Sociology with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UHSP-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Sociology with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UHSP-AFB10 : BSc(Hons) Sociology and Social Policy (Year 2)
  • UHSP-AFB10 : BSc(Hons) Sociology and Social Policy (Year 3)
  • UHSP-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Sociology and Social Policy with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UHSP-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Sociology and Social Policy with Year long work placement (Year 4)

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