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In this International Development - Making Sense of a Changing World interdisciplinary module offered by The Open University UK, you’ll cover key areas of international development. 

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Overview

Key areas of the International Development - Making Sense of a Changing World interdisciplinary module offered by The Open University UK  include - different models of development; shifting power in the international system; the relationship between poverty, inequality and livelihoods; the impact of conflict and insecurity; and the role of technology and the environment. 

The history of development as a process of change, the power relationships in that process and the different scales at which development takes place from transnational to local, are themes running throughout the module. 

These themes integrate the material – using a mix of case studies, interactive activities, text and DVD – to provide a central narrative encouraging critical appraisal and curiosity.

You will learn

On completion of the module, you are expected to gain an understanding of the contested meanings and challenges of contemporary international development, taking into account the history of the international system, the role of power and agency, and processes of development at different scales. You will examine in detail major development issues through case studies focusing on a country, programme or policy.

At the same time as studying international development, this module will also develop your reading, writing, analytical and communication skills. It will help you evaluate information and arguments, interpret and use data in a variety of graphical and numerical forms, and use particular software applications and computers for information-searching, communication and collaboration. The module is also designed to heighten your ability to become an independent learner. Such skills and attributes are highly valued by employers and can be applied to a wide variety of contexts.

Vocational relevance

While open to anyone with an interest in the issues covered, this module has particular vocational relevance to those working, or wanting to work, in the development field. You will gain knowledge and understanding of international and development issues, and be able to apply this to problem solving within professional practice, including informing policy debates and report writing. You will work in a variety of settings including independently and in collaboration with colleagues from diverse backgrounds, demonstrating effective communication skills and adaptability. Critical reflection is a key component of the module, enabling you to develop an understanding of the origins and impact of individual viewpoint, your own and that of others, on policy formulation and decision-making. Also importantly for development debates is to consider how equality, social justice and inclusion might be incorporated into development practice alongside established concerns such as economic growth and environmental sustainability.

Programme Structure

The content is divided into the following six blocks:

  • Block 1: Focusing on the rise and decline of two cities, Shanghai and Detroit, you're introduced to the key debates and theories in international development and international studies. 
  • Block 2: This block is concerned with the changing world system and how we conceptualise development, as well as teaching contemporary material on the economic rise of countries such as Brazil, India and China. 
  • Block 3: One of the most contentious areas of development studies is the debate about how to address the mass poverty that still afflicts many parts of the world. 
  • Block 4: Do we need security to have development? Do insecurity, conflict and vulnerability hamper development goals? How can the most vulnerable people protect themselves or at least prepare for the future?
  • Block 5: This block is mainly taught online because its focus is the link between technology, resources 

Audience

While open to anyone with an interest in the issues covered, this module has particular vocational relevance to those working, or wanting to work, in the development field.

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Credits

60 alternative credits

Delivered

Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This is an OU level 2 module and you need to have some knowledge of the subject area or social sciences in general, obtained either through OU level 1 study, or by doing equivalent work at another university.

  • Either of the OU level 1 modules Introducing the social sciences (DD102) or Environment: journeys through a changing world (U116) would be ideal preparation.

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