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Rory Stanton Ph.D
September - Online
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Successfully leading development in the twenty-first century necessitates an appreciation of a changing global landscape characterised by shifts in power whereby the Global South has made notable strides towards greater autonomy with respect to shaping its own development paths and objectives. The prevailing development challenges of gender, poverty and inequality, global trade, the environment, urbanisation, participation, modernisation, technology, and conflict have assumed new, often quite pragmatic, dimensions. These factors are now being approached from multiple, and non-Western, development perspectives as South-South development assistance begins to take hold and where previous paradigms of development are being contested and discredited. However, alongside the argument for a non-Eurocentric ‘post-aid’ world, grand visions of development continue in the form of the SDGs and Agenda 2030, alongside significant, if falling, quantities of ODA. These elements, through a blend of theory and practice, form the basis of this subject’s content.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
Knowledge and Undertanding
- Recognise and understand the major contemporary development themes and trends.
- Describe the contested means by which contemporary development seeks to measure, gauge, and evaluate its progress.
- Recognise the changing contemporary development global landscape of actors, interests, and outcomes.
- Understand the importance and frameworks of social and developmental research.
- Demonstrate a knowledge of key research principles.
- Evaluate, through the use of conceptual and analytical frameworks, the implications and impact of data and digital technologies on development processes and outcome.
- Recognise the principles and paradigms underlying different development and leadership research.
Transferable Skills and Personal Qualities
- Work and collaborate with a variety of contemporary development stakeholders from the public and private sectors, as well as non-governmental and international organisation.
- Demonstrate team and independent working skills that can be applied in diverse, cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary environments.
- Presentation, knowledge sharing, and communication skills.
- Analyse the dynamic inter-relations between contemporary development actors and stakeholders at national, regional, and global levels.
- Assess emerging trends in development in the context of Agenda 2030 and other influential global socio-political factors.
- Interpret the benefits and costs involved in the application of different contemporary development strategies.
- Assess/compare the efficacy of competing forms of development evaluation and measurement as they are employed in different circumstances and/or situations.
- a critical overview of the field of development from historical, theoretical, and institutional perspectives.
- a critical understanding how different actors/stakeholders in development interact, collaboratively and at times through conflict, in efforts to tackle global inequalities.
- identify the key contemporary challenges facing international development.
Last updated: 31 January 2024