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Module Title LM Development in Practice
Department International Development
Module Code 08 32410
Module Lead Tom Hewitt
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Restrictions None
Description This module aims to provide students with a solid understanding of what development management means, who does it, how, and why.

The first half of the module covers the ‘who, what, where, when, and why’ of DM, focusing on developing students’ understanding of the ‘social goals’ of development and the actors involved in efforts to achieve them, with particular reference to the role of the state.

The second half of the module looks in depth at how particular development goals are pursued and managed in particular places. We examine the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and discuss the policies and resources needed to achieve them. We also use and critique key approaches and tools used in planning, managing and evaluating development strategies.

Overall the module provides a broad introduction to key concepts in development management, as well as the opportunity for students to examine particular areas of interest in depth. The emphasis is on applying concepts and theories to real-life examples.

The module also pays particular attention to supporting students to develop the key skills essential to success in Masters-level study (critical analysis, writing academically, and articulating your own argument), as well as essential competencies for work in the field of international development, including research and communication skills.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module, students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of the evolution of the conception of development management and how this can be applied to practical experience
  • Critically appraise the institutional and capacity implications of management approaches and demonstrate their application
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of the role of different actors in managing development
  • Critically analyse and differentiate the management challenges of working in relationships of multiple actors
  • Apply and appraise the concepts and theories covered in the module to assess the management of development within a country context
Assessment 32410-01 : Assignment 1 - 1500 words : Coursework (40%)
32410-02 : Assignment 2 - 2500 words : Coursework (60%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment: Assignment 1 = 1500 words 40%; Assignment 2 = 2500 words 60%
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