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Undergraduate Course: Social Development (SCAN10044)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryDevelopment policies and strategies are important dimensions for all societies and their outcomes, intended and unintended, are a part of the context in which most anthropologists research and work. This is an introduction to (international) development primarily from an anthropological perspective. It is not a ¿how-to¿ course, but is concerned mainly with the intellectual challenge of understanding the contested body of ideas and practices associated with development interventions and processes of intentional change. Who carries out ¿development¿, for what reasons, and what are its aims and consequences? We will consider, in particular, anthropology¿s engagement with and contribution to the subject, which has included both promoting development and radically critiquing it. The course begins by reviewing several definitions of development. We then discuss some of the key indicators, actors, and theories that have shaped our understanding of development post WWII, including shifts in the justifications for assisting distant others in the contemporary moral economy, and their political consequences. Finally, we will discuss a few selected topics; health, environment, and development-oriented business practices¿of contemporary relevance to the practice and study of development.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs none
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Anthropology courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 90 %, Practical Exam 10 %
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate in-depth critical knowledge of the contributions of anthropology to development ideas and practice, ranging from critical perspectives to applied research.
  2. Critically understand the role of institutions in development and how anthropologists have engaged with these.
  3. Contextualise and critique key development ideas and their evolution over time.
  4. Take significant responsibility for their own work and learning, and communicate effectively in writing and orally.
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Course organiserDr Jamie Furniss
Tel: (0131 6)51 5675
Course secretaryMiss Lauren Ayre
Tel: (0131 6)50 4001
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