Courses - Faculty of Arts


Development Studies

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

DEVELOP 701
15 Points

Development Praxis

Focuses on the practice of development and its relation to theory. General topics include aid modalities, participatory development and social and environmental discourses and practices, and in those contexts the project cycle, programme management tools, monitoring and evaluation and impact assessment.

DEVELOP 702
15 Points

Gender and Development

Considers a range of topics focusing on the centrality of gender to development and developing nations. Topics include: empowerment, reproduction, masculinities, health, fertility, gendered economies, micro-credit and familial resource allocation.

DEVELOP 703
30 Points

DEVELOP 703A
15 Points

DEVELOP 703B
15 Points

Independent Research

Supervised study on a topic or topics approved by the Academic Head or nominee.

To complete this course students must enrol in DEVELOP 703 A and B, or DEVELOP 703

DEVELOP 705
15 Points

Contemporary Issues in Gender and Development

Interrogates selected contemporary themes in gender and development. It builds on and complements DEVELOP 702 by focusing on the dynamics of topical issues in gender and development. In doing so it provides students with the critical tools of analysis necessary in research projects.

Prerequisite: DEVELOP 702

DEVELOP 706
15 Points

DEVELOP 706A
7.5 Points

DEVELOP 706B
7.5 Points

Internship in Development

Involves students in the operation of a development organisation, enables them to put into practice development theory and methods, provides experience of researching and writing a report or proposal to be used by the organisation, and assists them to reflect on the process in the light of development and other social science research literature.

Prerequisite: DEVELOP 701 and approval of Academic Head or nominee

To complete this course students must enrol in DEVELOP 706 A and B, or DEVELOP 706

DEVELOP 708
15 Points

Special Topic

DEVELOP 709
15 Points

Theories of International Development

Examines early and contemporary theories and paradigms of international development, including modernisation and dependency theory, neoliberalism, human development, post-development, and participatory development. Investigates the dominance of economic growth as a development target and how this has been contested. The course will enable students to critically analyse the processes and phenomena involved in what is called ‘development’.

Restriction: DEVELOP 700

DEVELOP 710
15 Points

Development Policies and Institutions

Provides students with in-depth knowledge of policy approaches to alleviate poverty, enhance social justice and achieve sustainability. Contemporary development policies carried out by governments, donor agencies and UN organisations will be scrutinised. Examples of policies that will be covered in the course are land reform and migration policies, gender policies, climate adaptation and mitigation as well as ethical trade policies.

Restriction: DEVELOP 700

DEVELOP 712
15 Points

Undertaking Development Research

Provides students with an overview of all phases of development research, from the theoretical framing of research, methods employed, ethical considerations, and the completion of a research proposal which can be used as the basis of an MA thesis proposal.

Prerequisite: Approval of the Academic Head or nominee

DEVELOP 713
15 Points

Ethics and Governance in International Development

Addresses challenges to ethics and governance that arise in international development processes. Examines the competing demands of various stakeholders in the development of appropriate governance mechanisms and the values and judgements that inform societal choices and political decision-making. Students shall be familiarised with ethical debates in international development and engaged in ethically informed conversations on contemporary development challenges.

DEVELOP 715
15 Points

Independent Research

Supervised study on a topic approved by the Academic Head or nominee.

DEVELOP 716
15 Points

Global Health and Development

Introduces a social science approach to the study of health and globalisation, tracing various historical genealogies from colonial hygiene movements, to international public health in the development sector, up through contemporary global health institutions and their governance structure. Current issues in health and development, including the increasing role of NGOs and human rights frameworks, are critically analysed.

DEVELOP 717
15 Points

Humanitarian Interventions

Traces the rise of the humanitarian narrative and examines how humanitarianism – along with other key words such as crisis, emergency, and intervention – has become one of the organising categories of political action and order. The course explores the possibilities and limits of intervening in the lives of individuals and communities grounded upon discourses of compassion.

DEVELOP 780
30 Points

DEVELOP 780A
15 Points

DEVELOP 780B
15 Points

Research Project

To complete this course students must enrol in DEVELOP 780 A and B, or DEVELOP 780

DEVELOP 792
45 Points

DEVELOP 792A
22.5 Points

DEVELOP 792B
22.5 Points

Dissertation

To complete this course students must enrol in DEVELOP 792 A and B, or DEVELOP 792

DEVELOP 793
45 Points

DEVELOP 793A
22.5 Points

DEVELOP 793B
22.5 Points

Research Portfolio

Prerequisite: Approval of the Academic Head or nominee

To complete this course students must enrol in DEVELOP 793 A and B, or DEVELOP 793

DEVELOP 794A
45 Points

DEVELOP 794B
45 Points

Thesis

Prerequisite: A BA(Hons) in Development Studies with at least Second Class Honours, First Division, or equivalent

To complete this course students must enrol in DEVELOP 794 A and B

DEVELOP 796A
60 Points

DEVELOP 796B
60 Points

Thesis

Prerequisite: A BA(Hons) in Development Studies with at least Second Class Honours, First Division, or equivalent

To complete this course students must enrol in DEVELOP 796 A and B

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