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Undergraduate Course: Social Development (SCAN10044)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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 course provides an overview of (international) development as a historically evolving field of practice and anthropological inquiry. It follows a distinctively anthropological approach to development grounded in ethnographic research and critique. Building on insights into anthropology┬┐s history and its complicated relationship with development, the course will outline how anthropologists have researched development but also how they can contribute to it as insiders. The course seeks a balance between academic depth and practical relevance, connecting the unique perspective of anthropology and ethnographic research to the dominant concepts in the wider field of international development. Students will gain a sound understanding of the anthropology of development with the additional benefit of delving into several key themes:Famine and Hunger; Climate Change; Labour Migration and Precarity, Maternal and Child Health, Social Enterprise and Financialisation . The course will close with a session on the changing nature of development in the current age of globalisation, building on anthropology┬┐s long-term engagement with this field.
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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 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 80 %, Practical Exam 20 %
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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 different elements of development practice and research through an exploration of key themes.
  3. Understand and critique key development ideas and their historical emergence.
  4. Take significant responsibility for their own work and learning, and communicate effectively on development issues in writing and orally.
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Course organiserDr Aaron Kappeler
Tel: (0131 65)1 3060
Course secretaryMiss Anna Hallam
Tel: (0131 6)51 1337
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