Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking & Practice

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Duncan Green and Prof James Putzel


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Health and International Development and MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies. This course is available on the MSc in Political Economy of Late Development. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

It is a compulsory course for all ID students.

Course content

The objectives of the course are: a) to introduce students to the practical world of development, which will both facilitate their `career paths’ and also prepare them for the consultancy projects by becoming more familiar with how such organisations think and work; b) to introduce students to the interface between policy practice and development academe. Each week speakers from different development organisations or research institutes will speak to students about a “hot topic” in development policy and research work and how their organisation uses research and for what purposes. Previous speakers have included senior economists, serving and former Government Ministers, NGO chief executives and senior staff, innovative academic researchers and consultants, among others.


16 hours of lectures in the MT. 10 hours of lectures in the LT.

Lectures followed by open discussion and debate. There will be a reading week in Week 6.


This course is not assessed

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: International Development

Total students 2019/20: 315

Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable

Controlled access 2019/20: No

Value: Non-credit bearing

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