This is a practical course on project design and management for international development and cooperation.The course aims to provide students with the ability to identify, use and think critically about the most up-to-date methods for effective project management within a development context. During the course, students will work in groups to create a project design based on a scenario, and will follow different steps during each class to design a project for this scenario. Introducing the students to the main tools used in project design, as well as the latest thinking and alternative approaches, we will review leading participatory methods used to organize and manage projects, to measure their contribution to development. Students will have the opportunity to apply project management techniques through class exercises using a particular case study throughout, taking into consideration the vastly different local contexts that make international development projects as contested locally, as they are nationally and globally. The course will focus on practical, intuitive, and analytical thinking whereby students are the examiners and creators of project management tools and strategies, not just the users of them. Each week is designed to test their assumptions of how to ‘do’ development from a practical perspective and to encourage them to reflect critically on those assumptions.
Please note module information is indicative and may change from year to year.
10 weeks of 1 hour workshops and seminars
Module assessment - more information
2,000 Written Essay (60%) and 8,000 Report and Presentation (40%)