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Postgraduate Course: Development and Justice (PGGE11295)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe broad objective of this course is not about how to do development but rather what it means to do development, as it helps appreciate the intersection between development and environmental change, and its relationship with questions of social, economic and environmental justice.
Course description This course aims to introduce students to the field of development by offering an overview its theoretical underpinnings, historical linkages, its inherently contested and ideological nature and how it pans out in contemporary practice. We start by appreciating the ways in which different ideologies have shaped understandings of development theories to glean the deeply political nature of various theoretical foundations underpinning development. It is intended to offer a working knowledge of how development has been shaped, where it is going, and why it remains complex and contradictory, and hence its practices contingent. The course examines different SDG themes from the lens of social/economic and ecological justice

D&J is structured to appreciate the academic endeavours around development theories and practices. A complimentary and more applied module; Professional Skills in Environment and Development is available in Semester 2 (Course Code PGGE11267).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
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) 100% coursework

Assessment details
Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %

Assignment 1: Group Project and Presentation (40%)
Assignment 2: Individual essay (60%)

Assessment deadlines

Assignment 1: Group Project and Presentation, Monday, week 7, 12:00 noon submit via Learn.
Assignment 2: Individual essay, Friday week 11, 12:00 noon, submit via Turnitin.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Acquire a critical appreciation of different modes of development thinking and practice
  2. Understand the relationship between theory and practice, both in a 'development' context and in the formulation and conduct of academic research;
  3. Learn to critique and comment on scholarship on development and its contemporary practices, through debate, dialogue, group work, as well as individual essays. Understand the implications of development on environment and the centrality of people in development thinking
  4. Appreciate why we need to think about development and environment questions from the lens of justice and fairness
Reading List
Suggested Reading(s):

Sen, A. (2000). Development as freedom. Development in Practice-Oxford-, 10(2), 258-258.

Escobar, Arturo (1995) Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World. Princeton University Press: Princeton, NJ.

Murray-Li, Tania (2014). Land¿s End: Capitalist Relations on an Indigenous Frontier. Duke University Press: Durham & London

Rai, Shirin (2008). The Gender Politics of Development. London: Zed Books

Willis, Katie (2005). Theories and Practices of Development. London and New York: Routledge

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDevelopment theories,debates,practices,international challenges
Course organiserDr Regina Hansda
Course secretaryMrs Lynn Taylor
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