Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking & Practice

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Duncan Green CON.7.09 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 objective of the course is to introduce students to some of the most important and innovative voices and ideas in contemporary development debates, both from the academic and practitioner communities, which will both facilitate their `career paths’ and also contribute to learning in courses and consultancy projects. Each week speakers from different disciplines, development organisations or research institutes will speak to students about a “hot topic” in development policy and research work. 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.

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


This course is not assessed

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Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 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 differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching 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 2020/21: 350

Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable

Controlled access 2020/21: No

Value: Non-credit bearing

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