In our increasingly globalised world, these problems are growing in complexity and significance. The Sustainable Development Goals aim to tackle these challenges by 2030, but this will require global effort, co-ordination and vision.
Students apply a political lens to understanding and addressing the challenges of global development. They learn how development is affected by politics at all levels, from the political economy of international assistance, to domestic politics and local power dynamics. They explore the implications of politics for poverty, conflict and inequality through a range of case studies and practical exercises.
This programme combines a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of international development with core disciplinary training in politics, power and political economy. You will examine contested debates on democracy and development, the role of patronage in development, and the politics of social exclusion. You will apply political theories to a variety of examples of development and change from across the world, and critically examine different forms of development assistance.
The programme uses real-world puzzles to bring to life the complex challenges of doing development in practice. It includes a specially designed Working in Development module, which will provide hands-on experience of common tools used in development projects and programmes.
During that module, you will have the opportunity to participate in a study visit to a low- or middle-income country, allowing you to meet and learn from a range of actors working in a development context.
All our students have an opportunity to undertake a work placement through our integrated Professional Development Module. This aims to help you to identify your personal and professional strengths, and reflect on the skills you may need to prepare you for the world of work.
The programme is co-delivered with the Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) department.
What to expect from your degree
- Gain knowledge and understanding of key global challenges, and explore a variety of real-world examples of development and change.
- An opportunity to see development in practice, through a study visit to a low or middle-income country.
- A focus on your professional development, through practical exercises and projects and the option of taking up a work placement in your second year.
- Teaching by world-class academics engaged in cutting-edge research on a range of global challenges and impacting international policies and debates in their field.
- An enquiry-based learning approach, designed to develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills essential for working in development.