Development and Change

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Development and Change

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Political Science, Sociology

  • 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

    This module provides a critical introduction to the sociology of development. We begin with the meaning of ?development?, looking at different ways of defining and measuring ?progress?. We examine the different priorities that are expressed, contrasting, economistic, humanistic and environmental dimensions. The module provides a historical overview of development theories and locates the emergence of these theories within the historical and geopolitical context. The main perspectives covered are: 1)Clasical/Neoliberal perspectives, 2) Structuralist/Neomarxist perspectives; 3) Alternative/Ethical perspectives including Basic Needs, Human Development, Rights based Deveopment and Sustainable Development.

    We will explore these contrasts with reference to a number of major development issues, examining the implications for policy and public action. The main issues covered will be: 1) Agriculture and food; 2) Debt and financing; 3) The environment; 4) War and militarization. These issues will help us to illustrate and critically debate the different theoretical approaches, with examples from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Ireland. The module theme: ?Neoliberalism and the alternatives for development? unifies the theoretical and substantive aspects of this module.

    Min./max. no. of students: No restrictions apply.

    Teaching and learning methods: Lectures (2 hours per week) and I consultation hour per week

    Assessment: The module is assessed by a two-hour exam. This exam is scheduled and administered by the University Examinations Office. There will be a revision and exam preparation session at the end of each part of the module.

    Core texts: Assigned readings

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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