Postgraduate Course: Global Development Challenges (Distance Learning) (PGSP11326)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||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.
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
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||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%)
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- show in-depth knowledge of the major global development issues and the actors within this field
- understand the complex social, political and economic contexts in which global governance takes place
- critique and analyse key governance strategies, regimes and approaches in global development
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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Students will develop analytical approaches to complex, integrated analysis. They will develop an ability to sift complex information and generation conclusions.
|Course organiser||Mr Samuel Spiegel
|Course secretary||Ms Jessica Barton
Tel: (0131 6)51 5066
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