Mode of learning : Online - Instructor Lead(LVC)
Domain / Subject : Education
Function : Teaching
Trainer name : Dr Judith Walcott
Starts on : 16th Feb 2015
Difficulty : Advanced
An introduction to international development: understanding contemporary issues and themes
This online course is designed to introduce students to the field of international development. Participants will develop knowledge of contemporary issues and themes, such as poverty and livelihoods, global food security, aid, urbanisation, and sustainable development, and will be encouraged to think critically in looking at a variety of case studies and examples of international development from around the world. The course will be interactive in nature, combining discussion forums, real-time one-to-one and group discussions and an online interactive seminar.
Aims of the course:
To introduce students to the field of international development by looking at a range of contemporary issues and themes.
To teach students about the history, theory and practice of international development, using a variety of case studies and examples from around the world.
To encourage students to critically assess and analyse the successes and failures of international development.
Course content overview:
This course will begin with an introduction to key themes in international development, with an overview of why poverty exists and why certain areas of the world face greater development challenges than others. Participants will examine case studies of poverty reduction plans, and take a look at contemporary issues such as livelihoods, migration, and remittances.
Participants will look at global food security by first taking a look at arguments that population growth rates are unsustainable. The course will then delve into the political, social, and economic causes of famine, malnutrition, and food insecurity.
Participants will look at the fight to eradicate poverty and provide development for the world’s poor, specifically through the lens of the humanitarian aid and development aid focused on meeting the Millennium Development goals. Participants will look at examples of non-western aid, and at the question of whether there are any viable alternatives to aid as we know it.
The course will look into urbanisation and global environmental change, examining both the opportunities and challenges presented by the growth of global cities and megacities.
Participants will consider the wide-ranging and important contemporary issue of sustainable development, as opposed to development as economic growth, especially in a context of climate change.
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