Introduction to Global Development
This information is for the 2018/19 session.
Dr Claire Mercer S418
Dr Romola Sanyal
This course is compulsory on the BSc in Environment and Development. This course is available on the BA in Geography, BSc in Accounting and Finance, BSc in Economic History and Geography, BSc in Environmental Policy with Economics, BSc in Geography with Economics and BSc in International Relations. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.
An introduction to analysing global development, focusing on key development theories, strategies, problems and trajectories. In Michaelmas Term we cover concepts and theories of development, histories of colonialism, the debt crisis and structural adjustment, neoliberalism, aid, governance and civil society. In Lent Term we examine poverty, migration, informality, housing, water, sanitation and gender.
10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the MT. 9 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour of lectures in the ST.
Students will produce two essays during the MT and the LT.
S. Chant and C. McIlwaine, Geographies of Development in the 21st Century:
An Introduction to the Global South, 2009; S. Chari and S. Corbridge (eds),
The Development Reader, 2008;G. Williams, P. Meth and K. Willis,
Geographies of Developing Areas: the Global South in a Changing World, 2009;
V Desai & R Potter (Eds), The Companion to Development Studies, 2nd ed,
2008; T Forsyth (Ed), The Routledge Encyclopaedia of Development, 2005;
D. Simon (Ed.), Fifty Key Thinkers on Development, 2005; K Willis (2011)
Theories and practices in development, 2nd ed; UNDP, Human Development
Report, published annually; World Bank, World Development Report,
Exam (75%, duration: 3 hours) in the summer exam period.
Essay (25%, 2000 words) in the LT.
Student performance results
(2015/16 - 2017/18 combined)
|Classification||% of students|
Department: Geography & Environment
Total students 2017/18: 78
Average class size 2017/18: 14
Capped 2017/18: No
Lecture capture used 2017/18: Yes (MT & LT)
Value: One Unit
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