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Undergraduate Course: International Development, Aid and Humanitarianism (AFRI08001)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to allow undergraduate students to develop an understanding of social science engagements with international development, aid and humanitarianism.

The course will explore the histories, impacts and legacies of international development planning and policy, introducing students to foundational issues in development studies and offering them the opportunity to create a policy brief on a specific theme.

At the end of the 10-week course, students will be able to discuss and analyse key debates in the theory and practice of international development and will have a firm grounding in the historical and political contexts that continue to frame ¿development¿ at both the local and global level.
Course description The course aims to give you a brief introduction to a broad range of topics, including conflict, natural disasters, and humanitarian responses; the relationships between economic growth and inequality; the appeal and problems of aid and trade; international patterns of power and dependency; processes of urbanisation and rural development; understandings of forced migration; and the politics of sustainable development.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Year 1 students can sign up to this course.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  249
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 163 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 45 %, Coursework 55 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The Degree Examination mark for the course will be based on a combination of
1)45% Research Report: Students will be expected to produce a 1500-2000 word policy brief by the end of Week 7 on a key development issue. This constitutes a formative feedback event.
2)45% Exam: A one-paper exam sat at the end of the Semester.
3)10%: Tutorial Participation: Awarded based upon presence in tutorials and evidence of key readings
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Have a critically informed overview of contemporary international development and humanitarianism, policy making and political economy, locating policy agendas historically and within a global context.
  2. Have an ability to apply the skills and knowledge acquired in social science disciplines to global challenges.
  3. Have a critical understanding of and engagement with key issues, themes and arenas of policy making and intervention in the arena of international development and humanitarianism.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Sarah Jane Cooper Knock
Course secretaryMiss Lauren Ayre
Tel: (0131 6)50 4001
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