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Development Studies: Theoretical Approaches


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 7
  • Convenor: Jasmine Gideon
  • Assessment: two 4000-word learning journals (50% each)

Module description

This module introduces you to the multidisciplinary subject of development studies. It critically examines the key theories and concepts that have shaped thinking on poverty and development.

Indicative module content

  • Defining development and poverty
  • Buzzwords and fuzzwords: the politics of language/concepts
  • Colonialism, culture and reconstruction of tradition
  • Race, development and postcolonial theory
  • Gender and development
  • Modernisation
  • Dependency and world systems theories
  • Neoliberalism
  • Marxism
  • Postdevelopment and decoloniality