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SP50254: Foundations of international development

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2017/8
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: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: ES 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assessment Group A: Essay 1 (ES 10%)
  • Assessment Group A: Essay 2 (ES 90%)
  • Assessment Group C: Essay - CPD (ES 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:

* To give students a comprehensive introduction to the historical emergence and evolution of International Development as a project.
* To familiarise students with the major paradigms of thought within International Development.
* To enable students to understand how these different paradigms have affected donor and government policies, and development processes.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit students will have:
* Demonstrated critical understanding of the historical and conceptual foundations of international development;
* Demonstrated critical understanding of how these apply to contemporary development contexts;
* Demonstrated critical understanding of how the concepts and theory bear on international development policy and practice.


* Ability to read and discuss critically key texts in international development (Taught/Facilitated)
* Ability to integrate theory with discussion of a practical case (T/F/A)
* Ability to stimulate discussion within a seminar group (T/F)
* Cross-cultural and interpersonal sensitivity (T/F)
* Effective oral communication (e.g. seminar presentations) (T/F)
* Ability to select, summarise & synthesise written information from multiple sources (T/F/A)
* Ability to produce effective written work to agreed specifications and deadlines (T/F/A)
* Ability to develop rigorous arguments through precise use of concepts and models (T/F/A)
* Ability to work effectively as part of a group or team (T/F).

1. Colonialism and the making of the development project 2. Development and Modernity: Modernization and dependency 3. Planning, neo-liberalism and the global economic system 4. Redefining development - Bringing people back in: Human development, human rights, social policy 5. Indigenous people and sustainability: Alternatives to development.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP50254 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences

SP50254 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences

SP50254 is available for Auditing on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences