Undergraduate Course: International Development, Aid and Humanitarianism (AFRI08001)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||YEAR 1 STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO SIGN UP TO THIS COURSE.
This course allows undergraduate students to develop an understanding of international development, aid and humanitarianism from various social scientific perspectives (including politics, economics, anthropology, geography, and history).
The course will explore the histories, impacts and legacies of international development planning and policy, introducing students to foundational issues in development studies, and offer 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' and 'humanitarianism' at both the local and global level.
The course aims to give you a brief introduction to a broad range of topics, including conflict, natural disasters, and humanitarian responses; global public health; 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; the politics of sustainable development; digital technology and poverty; and microfinance and financial inclusion.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Year 1 students can sign up to this course.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The Degree Examination mark for the course will be based on a combination of
1) 45% Research Report/Policy Brief: 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 centrally arranged exam sat at the end of the Semester.
3.) 10% Tutorial Participation
||Will be offered on your policy brief and on your exam.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Take-Home Exam||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- 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.
- Have an ability to apply the skills and knowledge acquired in social science disciplines to global challenges.
- 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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Kevin Donovan
|Course secretary||Miss Anna Hallam
Tel: (0131 6)51 1337