DV442      Half Unit
Key Issues in Development Studies

This information is for the 2023/24 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Rajesh Venugopal CON 6.08


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Health and International Development and MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies. This course is available on the MSc in Anthropology and Development, MSc in Economic Policy for International Development, MSc in Environment and Development and MSc in Urbanisation and Development. This course is not available as an outside option.

Not available to students enrolled on DV400 & DV431.


Course content

This course provides an inter-disciplinary introduction to development studies. We explore key issues such as the SDGs, states and markets, growth and redistribution, colonial legacies, gender, climate change, demography, and conflict in development (key issues may change from year to year).


10 x 1.5 hour lectures and 10 x 1.5 hour seminars. in the AT.

Formative coursework

Students will submit one formative essay of 1500 words.

Indicative reading

The following are recommended basic readings for the course:


A Sen, Development as Freedom (Anchor, 1999).


Chang, H.J. (2002), Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective (London: Anthem Press).


Online assessment (100%) in the WT.

This is in the form of a 48 hour online assessment

Student performance results

(2019/20 - 2021/22 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 21.6
Merit 66.4
Pass 11.2
Fail 0.7

Key facts

Department: International Development

Total students 2022/23: 162

Average class size 2022/23: 15

Controlled access 2022/23: Yes

Lecture capture used 2022/23: Yes (MT)

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication