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This subject introduces students to the evolution of multiple paradigms of development, considers the strategies used to pursue development in practice, and identifies the key trends and issues of development in the 21 st century. We examine the theories promulgated about the developing world - of modernization and 'catch-up', of structuralism and dependency, of human development, alternative and post-development. Students will be encouraged to understand the diverse trajectories of development by close analysis of specific case studies across the world. We will explore the development path of countries in East and South-East Asia, the BRICs and other developing countries. We also review key issues of relevance to the developing world such as poverty and inequality, health, globalization, industrialization, religion and conflict.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should:
- Demonstrate familiarity with key terms and concepts used in the theories and approaches to development;
- Analyse the developmental pathways undertaken by diverse countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa;
- Critically understand contemporary issues and trends in the developing world.
Last updated: 30 July 2023