We live in a world of extraordinary global inequality, both in terms of access to resources and in terms of power. Why extreme poverty occurs and why some countries experience poverty on a scale so much larger than others are key global questions today. The global disparities of resources and power shape the major social issues today, such as climate change or the way work and global production is organised. This unit examines the forms of global disparities today, how nation-states, NGOs, civil societies and corporations are shaping and contesting these, and how these issues have been studied in the discipline of international development.

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On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse the major theoretical frameworks of international development and distinguish the key differences between these frameworks;  
  2. Evaluate the applicability of these theoretical frameworks today; and  
  3. Collaboratively appraise and compare the role of key actors in international development, including nation-states, non-government organisations and intergovernmental organisations.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online quiz 15%
Essay Written essay 50%
Report Written report and group presentation 35%

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