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EDU8214 : International Development: Theory and Practice

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Steve Humble
  • Owning School: Education, Communication & Language Sci
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module sets out to encourage students to critically assess development issues concerning international aid, poverty, growth, entrepreneurship, innovation, capitalism, and the role of government in development. It aims to encourage participants to engage in informed debate about major issues relating to development and to reflect on the relationship aims to develop dialogue and communication to heighten awareness and advance knowledge of current global issues. The purpose of the module is to develop understanding of key issues concerning international development crucial for the full appreciation and participation of other modules in the course.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module revolves around the reading of core texts followed by group discussions, chaired by the module leader. Initially students will be provided with the readings and possible themes for debate. These readings are part of the inital process carried out in student study time. The first session introduces in a taught form definitions and measurements of poverty and growth and sets out the approaches for the small group teaching/colloquium sessions. The colloquium sessions are based upon the set texts and readings. The goal is to encourage learning through debate and discussion.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture41:004:00Lectures will consist of input together with interactive tasks and discussion
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1100:00100:00Directed research and reading on related topics.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical28:0016:00Colloquium session
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity120:0020:00Directed research and reading in student-led group activities.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:0020:00Reading on related topics with peers assigning peer groups if required.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures and seminars provide a theoretical and contextual framework for the whole module. This is then furthered by the private study which includes the reading of and preparation for the discussion of the texts. The colloquium style group learning/discussions provide the opportunity to discover, through the exploration of ideas concerning development issues.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M753,000 word essay
Prof skill assessmnt2M25This consists of colloquiums around the booklet the students receive, for discussion groups
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Oral Assessment takes place during the colloquium session itself, which will involve continuous assessment on behalf of the tutors during the sessions, using objective and subjective measures, to explore the understanding of the texts and students' ability to put forward their own comments concerning the development issues set out by this module.

The Essay will assess the understating of the development issues within the modules - maximum word length 3,000.

The oral assessment and essay will allow the ability of the student to be assessed, both in terms of being able to express views and beliefs in a well thought out manner through debating sessions as well as on paper. The assignment enables students to express their ideas in a more controlled and thoughtful way than in the debating sessions. Both methods will judge student capability in settings in which they may find themselves in a working environment.

Reading Lists