International Development

School: School of Government
International Development Department

Modular value: 20 credits

This module will introduce you to the theories of development and aid, to enable you to develop a better understanding of why some countries remain in poverty, whilst others are rich. You will learn how theory has related to practice in the field over time and how we can see the interaction between theory and practice today.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, you should be able to:

  • Understand and critique the principle paradigms and issues relevant to the political economy of poverty, including the key development theories.
  • Explain how the processes of aid have changed over the last few decades.
  • Appraise the role of the state in the governance of developing countries.
  • Critique the role of international institutions (such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Trade Organisation) in the processes of development.
  • Analyse the impact of globalisation on poverty reduction, including trade and aid.
  • Understand and use statistics for measuring development.


A 4,000 word assignment (100%) with prior formative submission for feedback

Related courses:

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.