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This subject offers an introduction to development project management and design from interdisciplinary and critical perspectives. We begin by understanding the standard project cycle approach to project management. We focus on strategy, vision and mission formulation, as well as problem identification and analysis, objectives analysis, stakeholder analysis, formulation of projects and budgets, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. We will examine how different functions require different forms of program design and planning. Students will be familiarised with the 'Logframe Approach' and 'Theory of Change', which will be contrasted with ‘Learning Process’, 'Strengths Based' and 'Social enterprise' approaches to project design. Students will explore participation and empowerment as methodologies to address gender and other power inequalities specific to disadvantaged groups, and consider the ethics and motivations of field workers. Students will also be introduced to recent critiques of, and debates on, project management and development practice. Case studies of projects in developing countries, practical exercises including a group project, and critically reflective learning will be integral to the syllabus.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject students should:
- Understand the body of knowledge on project management and design within the field of development
- Demonstrate their understanding of the links between theory and professional development practice through the execution of a substantial, research based design of a development project
- Enhance their ability to critically appraise development projects
- Advance their communication, presentation and cross-cultural interaction skills through active collaboration with peers
- Increase their capacity to respond reflexively and innovatively to new situations in professional development practice.
On completion of this subject students should:
- Be able to demonstrate a high degree of conceptual and analytical skills
- Be able to work on team-based projects requiring coordination and negotiation skills
- Be able to demonstrate sensitivity to local conditions and needs.
Last updated: 31 January 2024