International Development: Global and Local Issues

University of Reading

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Development: Global and Local Issues

  • Host University

    University of Reading

  • Location

    Reading, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module Provider: Agr and Food Econ
    Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
    Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
    Non-modular pre-requisites:
    Modules excluded:
    Module version for: 2014/5
    Module Convenor: Dr Garth Holloway
    Summary module description:
    The aim of the module is to encourage participants to think widely about the nature and scope of development; to think about their own lives in relation to global developmental and environmental issues and to explore how these issues affect people in developed and developing countries. This will be done through presenting broad theoretical and historical perspectives on development as well as local case studies and providing information on policies in place to engage in these issues at global and local levels.
    Assessable learning outcomes:
    On completion of the module the participants will be able to: 1. Understand and describe different development theories and their various interpretations 2. Discuss policies and intervention strategies adopted by national and international agencies to achieve development targets 3. Identify some contemporary development concerns related to the environment, governance, human rights and civil society
    Additional outcomes:
    Through their individual study, students will develop further skills: * literature search skills in consulting relevant library and internet resources. * a raised awareness of and sensitivity to local development issues
    Outline content:
    Theories of development
    Development policies and strategies in the North and the South
    Livelihoods and poverty
    Social inclusion/exclusion - tackling inequalities
    Financial services for livelihoods
    Development actors - the State, the market and civil society
    Participatory approaches to development
    Current issues in development e.g. trade, gender, environmental concerns
    Case studies ( either thematic or country-specific to illustrate main issues)
    Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
    A variety of teaching methods will be used. Class sessions will include lectures and group discussions based on video clips or other media. Learning activities outside the classroom will involve guided reading.
    Contact hours:
    Autumn Spring Summer
    Lectures 20
    Guided independent study 80
    Total hours by term 100.00
    Total hours for module 100.00
    Summative Assessment Methods:
    Method Percentage
    Class test administered by School 100
    Other information on summative assessment:
    Two class tests (50% each) in weeks 5 and 10.
    Formative assessment methods:
    Penalties for late submission:
    The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
    where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
    where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
    Length of examination:
    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.
    Reassessment arrangements:
    A one hour examination paper in August/September answering one question from two supplied.
    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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