Social Analysis of Poverty and Development

School: School of Government
International Development Department

Modular value: 20 credits

The purpose of the module is to familiarise you with the major social approaches to understanding poverty and development, and with the application of these approaches to projects, programmes and policy formulation.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Understand the complex nature and changing definitions of poverty and development.
  • Articulate and critique a number of social analysis frameworks.
  • Understand a number of key social axes of difference and articulate their role in poverty and development.
  • Understand the importance and role of participation in contemporary development policy and practice.
  • Apply social analysis approaches to programme and policy development and implementation.
  • Understand and critically evaluate the implications for policy and programme management of incorporating and institutionalising social analysis into organisations, projects and policies.


One 3,000 word assignment (60%) and one 2,000 word assignment (40%).

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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.