Not available in 2021/22
SP436 Half Unit
Basic Education for Social Development
This information is for the 2021/22 session.
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.
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.
In addition to seminar presentations and the assessed essay, students are required to write an unassessed (formative) essay for the course.
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.
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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.
Department: Social Policy
Total students 2020/21: Unavailable
Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable
Controlled access 2020/21: No
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of numeracy skills
- Specialist skills