AD3031 - International Development

What will I learn on this module?

Is Comic Relief a positive response to global poverty? Should the UK support development in other countries? Why is global poverty disproportionately located in the global south? These are the kinds of questions we will explore on this module, giving you the chance to develop your knowledge and understanding of international development as a key social science discipline. Central to this is an understanding of:

(a) the extent of global poverty, inequality and exploitation,
(b) the causes and explanations of these problems and
(c) the ways in which activists, organisations and governments have responded to the these challenges.

You will learn about a range of ideas, concepts and case studies from across the world to help make sense of some of these important, contemporary issues.

The module will introduce and assess a number of important academic skills including writing for academic purposes, accessing and evaluating different information sources, academic referencing, group work and presentation skills. This module will prepare you for further study in higher education and, more specifically, for the study of the international development and/or other social science subject areas.

How will I learn on this module?

This module will be delivered via a series of lectures and seminars. These sessions will involve a mix of individual exercises and group activities.

Throughout the module you will be able to study and question academic sources, reports from global organisations, leading development campaigns (such as the Comic Relief and Live Aid/8 campaigns) and representations of international development in popular media (including in newspapers, novels and movies). Throughout the module we will focus on your developing knowledge and understanding of the methods, approaches and key ideas that underpin the study of international development. Key to this is developing your skills as an active, critical social scientist.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Underpinning this module is a commitment to support you to develop your knowledge, understanding and engagement with new concepts and ideas associated with international development, through:

• A variety of learning activities during classes and through in-session question and answer opportunities
• The module’s online electronic learning portal website (Blackboard) which will act as a depository for all information required for the module, including learning materials, assessment information and reading list
• Lectures, seminars and the opportunity to consult module teaching staff via one-to-one or small group tutorials
You will also be able to access a range of academic support (including academic skills around reading, writing, research, literature reviews, referencing etc) and pastoral support (including, health and wellbeing support and guidance) from our award winning student services and library teams. In addition, if you have moved to the UK to study from overseas, then additional support will be provided for international students with a focus on helping you settle in to the university and the city, understanding culture traditions in the UK and explore academic expectations. Additional English language support can be accessed should you need further support.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• You will develop your knowledge of global inequality, its causes and possible solutions
• You will be able to identify and understand key concepts and approaches associated with the study of international development

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• You will develop and demonstrate the skills needed to study international development in a Higher Education context

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• You will demonstrate an appreciation of diversity at a global level
• You will show an appreciation of the interconnected nature of the global world

How will I be assessed?

You will be supported with feedback through formative (i.e. informal) tasks within the module classes to prepare for the summative (i.e. formal) assessment for the module.

The summative assessment for this module is made up of Component 1 (worth 50%): 4 image, 800 word explanation of what ‘international development’ means
Component 2 (worth 50%): 1200 word essay, to be focused on developing a case study of a development issue, concept or context.
Both components enable you to reflect on your learning throughout the module.

The assessments will demonstrate your understanding of the key issues discussed throughout the module. You will be given the opportunity to receive formative feedback from the module team.





Module abstract

Is Comic Relief a positive response to global poverty? Should the UK support development in other countries? Why is global poverty disproportionately located in the global south? These are the kinds of questions we will explore on this module, giving you the chance to develop your knowledge and understanding of international development. You will be taught by a team engaged in cutting-edge research around the world, who will bring their research knowledge and experience to the classroom. The module assessment techniques will give you opportunities to engage in group as well as individual work. Supported by a dedicated e-learning site the module will involve a range of interactive learning which will develop your study skills as well as your readiness for employment.

Course info

UCAS Code L3L4

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Social Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2023 or September 2024

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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