The study of international development is about building an understanding that can help eradicate poverty, significantly reduce inequality, promote sustainability, and facilitate an area of social justice.
Through various component units of this course, you will develop knowledge and skills required to interpret international development as envisaged in UN Millennium Development Goals and in particular those relating to developing a global partnership for development; eradicating poverty and hunger; promoting universal education and gender equality; ensuring environmental sustainability.
This course aims to develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the process and intricacies of international development. This will enable you to question and analyse the various facets of development as practised in the world.
You will understand why we live in a world of “haves and haven nots”. We will facilitate an understanding of the historical forces that have led us to this point, and the ways in which those forces have created societies in which the wealth of some requires the poverty of others.
The course also aims to develop knowledge and skills to “capacity building” and help those who lack the tools to do things for themselves to allow them to acquire the skills they need to operate independently.
Throughout the course you will be exposed to the work of real organisation in this area of expertise and thereby develop a practical understanding of the role of different players and their contribution to international development.
The emphasis on contemporary examples and case studies, the integration of practical projects, visits to key organisations and the guest speaker programme enable you to gain in-depth understanding of this field and support you in preparing for your future career steps.
The course is underpinned by staff research and capitalises on the expertise in education, equality and social justice in our Institute for Educational Research (IRED) over 50% of whose publications have been rated world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014); the Institute for Tourism Research (INTOUR) a member of the global partnership for sustainable tourism as well as research relating to intercultural communication and international development in the Business School.