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Development Geographies: Livelihood And Policy Contexts

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Module description

The module will cover a range of conceptual and empirical material pertaining to the development geography of 'Third World' countries.  Research conducted in the global South is often associated with the 'development' label, and development often serves as shorthand for the modernisation of the global economy.  Mainstream 'modernisation-as-development' has lost credibility with the persistence of poverty in Africa, Asia and elsewhere.  THis module will enable students to understand the process of economic divergence which has been experiences by the poor, rather than the ascent towards parity with the First World, which was anticipated in the post-war era.  The different approaches towards development are discussed as are the politics of international trade and economic policy, including examples relating to Natural Resources and the Clothing Trade.

Assessment details

Students here for Semester 1 only - 100% coursework

Students here for the full year - 100% written examination 

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module students will:

  • Understand debates about the meaning of the term 'development' and be appraised as to the theoretical changes in development geography;
  • Prepare students for development-related modules in their third year and to assist in the selection of third year dissertation topics, which consider geographical issues pertinent to developing countries.


Teaching pattern

20 hours lectures