Development Studies focuses on international development and the challenges associated with political and economic change in the international system. The course considers the relationships between the global North and South, examining how colonialism and capitalism have shaped our contemporary world. You will explore global poverty and inequality and the impact of globalisation on different parts of the world, including Africa, Asia, the Middle East, China, India, Central Asia and Latin America. The course provides a theoretical framework for understanding the international distribution of power at the global, regional and national levels, and we aim to enthuse and inspire you by building close links to government bodies and the policy world. A degree in Development Studies and International Relations will prepare you for professional life in a range of sectors, including the Civil Service, media, public policy, NGOs and further research.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
Your first year introduces key themes in the politics of international development and links these to contemporary debates in international relations. Your modules provide you with a framework for understanding the principal concepts in international relations and development studies. You will explore the shift from authoritarianism to democracy in a comparative context. You will also have the chance to choose optional modules in a wide range of areas, including environmental politics, immigration, global governance and the history of political change.
Years 2 and 3 (Credit Levels 5 and 6)
Your second year provides deeper analysis of development theory, practice and methods for conducting your own political research. You will take modules that examine international political economy, theories of international relations, geopolitics and international security. With an extensive range of option modules, you can tailor your degree to your own interests. We encourage all students in their second year to complete an approved internship. Many students also opt to study abroad in their second year, giving them international experience well before they graduate. In your final year you will undertake your own research project on a topic which interests you.
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