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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Introduction to Development
Module Code LG123
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Niamh Gaynor
Semester 2: Niamh Gaynor
Autumn: Niamh Gaynor
Module TeachersWalt Kilroy
Niamh Gaynor
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This course introduces students to the challenges of global development. Why does poverty and inequality persist? What explains regional variations in levels of development?

Learning Outcomes

1. understand the key debates on global development
2. analyse the underlying causes of underdevelopment
3. explain why underdevelopment, poverty and inequality persist
4. apply different theories of underdevelopment to particular contexts

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Independent Study89Reading, preparation and submission of work
Total Workload: 113

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Course overview
This course is designed to introduce students to development studies and the theories that attempt to explain the different ways that development has taken place over time. The course aims at developing students’ abilities to understand the key contemporary development challenges, to critically analyse their root causes and effects, and to explore the interests and actions of the different actors involved. The course focuses on the sustained levels of poverty and inequality which exist in our world, and will look critically at some of the explanations provided by development studies for this reality, including key theories which have influenced development such as modernisation, dependency, neo-liberal and post-development theories, together with more contemporary trends.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentLearning journal30%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Willis, Katie: 2005, Theories and Practices of Development, Routledge,
  • Grieg,Alastair, David Hulme and Mark Turner: 2007, Challenging Global Inequality: Development Theory and Practice in the 21st Century, Palgrave,
Other Resources

57358, other readings, 0, these will be pasted each week on Moodle,
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Date of Last Revision27-APR-12

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