Postgraduate Course: Global Development Challenges (Distance Learning) (PGSP11326)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Home subject area||Postgrad (School of Social and Political Studies)
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||Globalisation, rapid technological change and constantly changing political and economic systems are linking the world together in hitherto unimagined ways. These new connections are symptomatic of, but also drivers, of emerging sets of global challenges that we need to think about in new ways if we are to deal with them. Environmental change, climatic change, new health challenges, clashing beliefs and concurrent economic overconsumption and stagnation require new ways of thinking about governance, priority setting and meaningful ways to affect change. This course will examine these issues, of global challenges, and the implications, for decision-making, for society, and for future trajectories of global development. In doing so students will be equipped to analyse complex problems in context, and debate possible solutions, and constraints, to the ways in which global governance works.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Learn enabled: No
|Course Start Date
|Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info)
|No Exam Information
|On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. By the end of the course, it is expected that students will be able to:
¿ Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of major global issues and pressures, their genesis and drivers
¿ Engage with complex, interdisciplinary knowledge sets and evaluate them
¿ Understand, critique and analyse key governance strategies, regimes and approaches
¿ Analyse and evaluate the implications and impacts of select global issues and how ways of attempting to govern them
2. By the end of the course students will have gained familiarity with the major issues with respect to the problems of developing holistic, integrated systems of governance. They will have an understanding of the key challenges we face and the global and local drivers that shape their form and function. Students will have learnt how to engage critically with the complex social, political and economic contexts in which governance takes place, as well as be able to apply that understanding to thinking about key global issues that face us today and in the future.
|Assessment will be based on three pieces of work: |
Contributions to online discussion forums and reflections (30%)
Final synthetic written work (policy essay, 2500 words)(70%)
||1. Introduction: Issues, Concepts, Principles, Theories
2. Inequality and Poverty
5. Conflict, Belief, Risk
6. Societal Vulnerability
8. Human Rights
9. Governance Systems
10. Synthesis: Future Perspectives, Solutions
||Students will develop analytical approaches to complex, integrated analysis. They will develop an ability to sift complex information and generation conclusions.
Collier, P. (2010) The Plundered Planet: How to Reconcile Prosperity with Nature, Allen Lane, London.
Crisp, N. (2010) Turning the World Upside Down: The Search for Global Health in the 21st Century, RSM, London.
Easterly, W. (2007) White Man¿s Burden, OUP, Oxford.
Lomberg, B. (2001) The Skeptical Environmentalist, CUP, Cambridge.
Rist, G. (1997, 2002, 2008) The History of Development: from Western Origins to Global Faith
Schanbacher, W. (2010) The Politics of Food, Praeger, New York.
Smith, J. (2010) Biofuels and the Globalization of Risk, Zed, London.
Staples, A. (2006) The Birth of Development, Kent USP, Kent.
Wilkinson, R. (2005) The Global Governance Reader, Routledge, London.
||Online distance education. To be delivered through short, segmented lectures, interactive online activities (self-taught), and interactive online fora (group work). The online content will be the equivalent of 20 contact hours.
|Course organiser||Mr Samuel Spiegel
|Course secretary||Ms Jessica Barton
Tel: (0131 6)51 1659
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