module specification

GI4004 - Introduction to International Development (2021/22)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2021/22
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
Module title Introduction to International Development
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 300
210 hours Guided independent study
90 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Group Presentation 30%   Group presentation + summary (800 words)
Coursework 40%   Essay (1500 words)
Seen Examination 30%   Seen exam (2 hours)
Running in 2021/22

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
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Module summary

This module provides a broad introduction to International Development studies. It presents the underlying theories and places these against contemporary globalisation processes; it draws on the history of today’s political systems of Latin America, Africa, Asia, etc., including the impact of colonisation and the integration of the Third world into the global economy and focuses on social transformations and struggles evident since independence, to date, from a comparative perspective. Issues include the roles of the international institutions, paths of developmental states, political cultures, religion, gender-relations and the environment in today’s interconnected ‘developing’ world.

Please note: This module supersedes GI1027/GI1001/GI1005

Module aims

• To introduce the main concepts and debates in international development;
• To examine the impact of economic and social development on political systems today;
• To promote awareness of the diversity of approaches to international development studies;
• To provide the skills necessary for further comparative analysis;
• To enhance the ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing;
• To develop competence in discussion and group presentation.


- International development: theories and debates
- Political systems  and development
- Civil Society and social change
- Political culture in the developing world
- International institutions, globalisation and impact.
- Methods of comparison
- Case studies.

Learning and teaching

This module is taught over 30 weeks, made up of a two-hour lecture + workshop and an hour of seminar work. Students will be expected to engage with the Virtual Learning Environment; be able to retrieve ‘posts’ from the lectures and supplementary teaching materials, and handle information from Internet sources, journals and books (enhancing academic literacy). As students acquire knowledge of issues, theories and themes under discussion, seminar work enhances communication and problem-solving skills and ‘real world’ group-work (oral group presentation and written summary); An introduction to comparative study develops critical and conceptual skills as well as numeracy and analysis. Written and formative feedback aims to empower students, develop their written expression and study skills, and gain through self-reflection (PDP).

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

• Demonstrate an understanding of the main concepts and approaches to development studies;
• Demonstrate awareness of contemporary trends in international development;
• Use techniques of comparative analysis in a methodologically appropriate fashion;
• Show confidence in discussing issues of development and the ethical implications involved;
• Work productively in a team, and communicate outcomes of that teamwork in an effective way;
• Present written analysis or discussion in written form.

Assessment strategy

This takes three inter-related forms: A group presentation including a short essay (summary) based on the results of the analysis (30%); An essay (40%); A Seen examination (30%)


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