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Postgraduate Course: Global Development Challenges (Distance Learning) (PGSP11326)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryGlobalisation, 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 development and global governance. Both globalization and development are highly contested concepts that defy simple explanations. This course will examine the issues of global development challenges. We will explore how development challenges get defined and turned into practical strategies, we will examine whose interests are served and who is excluded in this process. 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 development works as an idea, as a practice and as a process.
Course description By the end of the course students will have gained familiarity with the major issues with respect to the problems of developing holistic, integrated systems of governance. They will have an understanding of the key challenges we face and the global and local drivers that shape their form and function. Students will have learnt how to engage critically with the complex social, political and economic contexts in which governance takes place, as well as be able to apply that understanding to thinking about key global issues that face us today and in the future.

By the end of the course, it is expected that students will be able to:

Demonstrate knowledge of major global issues and pressures, their genesis and drivers

Demonstrate knowledge of key governance strategies, regimes and approaches

Be able to analyse approaches to governance in relation to development

Be able to analyse and evaluate the implications and impacts of select global issues and how ways of attempting to govern them

Weekly topic list:
Week 1 Globalization and Development
Week 2 From MDGs to SDGs
Week 3 Financing the SDGS
Week 4 Inequality
Week 5 Gender
Week 6 Land
Week 7 Portfolio development week
Week 8 Work
Week 9 Corruption and governance
Week 10 Conflict
Week 11 Business in Development

Student Learning Experience

This course is taught entirely online in a virtual learning platform called Learn. The course is delivered through short lecture clips, podcasts and pre-recorded lectures. There are weekly readings and students engage with the material through on-line asynchronous discussion boards as well writing activities across the semester. These include writing a blog, a policy brief, creating a mind map and an academic poster as well as writing a group wiki. Online tools are provided with instructions to complete these tasks. Teaching also occurs through two live online seminars that are delivered through Blackboard collaborate and are recorded for students who are not able to attend in person.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  95
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 18/09/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 70% of the course assessment will be based on a final essay (3000 words)

Contributions to online discussion forums and reflections:

20% of the course assessment will be based on a student selected example of their two best submissions to the online etivities (ranging from 700 to 1000 words).

10% based on participation in weekly discussion forum.
Feedback Students receive feedback on an essay plan within 10 days of submission. Students are required to reflect upon their feedback in order to improve their final coursework. Students also have the opportunity to discuss their ideas in a group skype seminar session prior to the final submission date for their summative assessment.

There may be some overlap in the issues that you focus on in the various courses, so you should pay careful attention to the topics you select. It is important that you do not duplicate your work. Students will have the opportunity to select a pre-written essay question or come up with their own essay topics in some cases; essays on self-selected topics need to be previously agreed with the Programme Director.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Show in-depth knowledge of the major global development issues and the actors within this field
  2. Understand the complex social, political and economic contexts in which global governance takes place
  3. Critique and analyse key governance strategies, regimes and approaches in global development
Reading List
Indicative literature:
Escobar, Arturo (2008) Territories of Difference: Place, Movements, Life, Redes. Durham: Duke University Press.
Ferguson, James (2006) Global Shadows: Africa in the Neoliberal World Order. Durham: Duke University Press.
Grabel, Ilene (2018) When Things Don't Fall Apart - Global Financial Governance and Developmental Finance in an Age of Productive Incoherence. Cambridge: MIT Press.
Rodrik, D. (2011) The Globalisation Paradox: Why Global Markets, States, and Democracy Can't Co-exist. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Wilson, Kalpana (2012) Race, Racism and Development: Interrogating History, Discourse and Practice. London: Zed Books.
Additional Information
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.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr Samuel Spiegel
Course secretaryMs Maria Brichs
Tel: (0131 6)51 3205
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