Not available in 2020/21
SP436      Half Unit
Basic Education for Social Development

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Anthony Hall OLD2.28


This course is available on the MSc in Development Management and MSc in Development Studies. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

The course is capped at 30 students


Work experience in a developing country is highly desirable but not essential.


Course content

The course is designed to examine the role of basic education in developing countries as it relates to social development and social policy. Content of the course includes: the history of education and current problems in developing countries, links between basic education and socio-economic development, primary schooling, decentralization policies, non-formal and vocational education, adult literacy, popular education for grassroots development, environmental education, ICT, and foreign aid in supporting basic education.


15 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the LT. 1 hour and 30 minutes of lectures in the ST.

Formative coursework

In addition to seminar presentations and the assessed essay, students are required to write an unassessed (formative) essay for the course.

Indicative reading

A Hall & J Midgley, Social Policy for Development, 2004, chapter 5; K Watkins, The Oxfam Education Report, 2000; UNICEF, The State of the World's Children: Education, 2006; UNESCO, Education For All Global Monitoring Report, 2010; K Tomasevski, Education Denied, 2003; L Kane, Popular Education and Social Change in Latin America, 2001; A Banerjee & E Duflo, Poor Economics, 2011 (chapter 5); S Graham-Brown, Education in the Developing World: Conflict and Crisis, 1991; M Todaro, Economics for a Developing World, 2000, chapter 9; H Patrinos & D Ariasingam, Decentralisation of Education: Demand-Side Funding, 1997; J Huckle & S Sterling (Eds), Education for Sustainability, 1996; L Pritchett The Rebirth of Education, 2013; N Selwyn. Education in a Digital World, 2013


Exam (75%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
Essay (25%, 2500 words) in the ST.

Students are required to choose a topic of their own interest for the essay.

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: Social Policy

Total students 2019/20: Unavailable

Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable

Controlled access 2019/20: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills