Module Catalogues

Finding Solutions: Development Theory and Practice

Module Title Finding Solutions: Development Theory and Practice
Module Level Level 3
Module Credits 5.00

Aims and Fit of Module

International development is a significant aspect of international relations and global governance. Development concerns the wellbeing and capacities of people.  Through international development programs, states and international organizations indicate preferences for economic, social and political models by which wellbeing can be advanced.  This module explores an essential question: What is good development practice in a specific context  In exploring that question, the module provides students with an opportunity to develop advanced knowledge on a specific country or region and to then identify and explore a development problem and propose a solution that reflects ‘good’ development practice. The module explores key concepts in development which may include good governance, participation, human security, rights based development, empowerment, peacebuilding and conflict resolution, gender and grassroots knowledge and then moves to explore their application in a case study. It advances skills of historical, political, socio-economic analysis relevant to development practice in the context of a single study. It encourages reflection on the politics and power of development interventions. The country, region or problem examined in this module may be subject to change from year to year. 

Learning outcomes

A	Demonstrate advanced understanding of the country or region studied in this module
B Effectively engage in problem analysis and identification
C Effectively contextualize a development problem
D Demonstrate understanding of a range of development tools available to identify and address a problem
E Ability to engage in training peers
F Critically reflect on the limits of development practice
G Write professionally in a range of styles.

Method of teaching and learning

Lectures, seminars, workshops, peer teaching, some blended learning