MSc Global Development (Politics, Governance and Development Policy)
Year of entry: 2024
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
How do we know that works for development? Understanding what drives and shapes more socially just and equitable development is essential. In this course you will gain deeper theoretical and practical knowledge of how research in Global Development is designed, conducted, and disseminated.
The overarching aims of this is to provide students with (i) an understanding of how research in development is conceived of and designed as well as introduction key methods used in development research; and (ii) an opportunity for students to develop competencies in transferable areas, including research design, methods and analysis, as well as teamwork and written and verbal forms of communication.
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching and learning will occur through weekly lectures and a series of tutorials and practicals that will provide a conceptual understanding of, and practical basis for conducting development research. The learning and teaching approach will therefore combine a series of different approaches, including the use of pre-recorded lecture material (e.g., introductions to epistemology and research design), group work (e.g., the development and formulation of research questions and interview protocols) and software training (e.g., basic coding in R).
Knowledge and understanding
• Discuss strengths and weaknesses of different research approaches used in development research
• Evaluate different sources of information and data that could be used to address development research challenges
• Articulate evidenced-based arguments
- Design rudimentary development research projects
Transferable skills and personal qualities
• Evaluate and analyze different kinds of evidence
• Develop, articulate, and sustain logical, structured and reasoned arguments in both written and oral contexts
- Analytical skills
- - through a deeper theoretical and practical understanding of how development research is designed, conducted and disseminated.
- - through the design of an original research proposal
- ] - through a deeper theoretical and practical understanding of how development research is designed, conducted and disseminated.
- Written communication
- - through completing two written assignments
|Written assignment (inc essay)||50%|
Written formative and summative feedback will be delivered via Turnitin (Blackboard).
Students will be given the opportunity to submit short essay plans for feedback.
Tutorials and practical sessions will be primarily interactive and/or discussion-based.
Robson & McCartan (2016) Real World Research, 4th edition. Wiley.
Oldekop et al. (2016). 100 key research questions for the post-2015 development agenda. Development Policy Review 34: 33046.
Turabian, K. L. (2018) A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 9th edition. Chicago: Chicago University Press.
Gerring (2006). Case – study research: Principles and practice (Cambridge University Press)
Wickham & Grolemund (2018). R for Data Science: Import, Tidy, Transform, Visualise and Model Data (O’Reilly Press)
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||10|
|Independent study hours|
|Johan Oldekop||Unit coordinator|
|Tomas Frederiksen||Unit coordinator|
GDI Programmes on which course unit is offered:
MSc International Development (core for all pathways)