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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2016 - 2017

Module Title Introduction to Development
Module Code LG123
School School of Law & Government

Online Module Resources

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 objective of the course is to develop students ability to understand the key development challenges today, and to analyse their root causes and effects. Within this, the course will focus on the sustained levels 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 and neo-liberal theories. The course will ask why, after over half a century of development interventions by rich countries into the affairs of poorer countries, has global poverty and inequality not been diminished substantially or indeed eradicated completely? How have approaches to development evolved since the Second World War, and why? What is the role of states and international institutions in development today, and how has the dynamic of globalization shaped the development process?

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
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

25478, other readings, 0, these will be pasted each week on Moodle,
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