Development Studies examines the processes by which peoples' lives throughout the world have been and are being transformed. Traditionally it looked at the poorer countries of the world and with the ways the social sciences might explain the complex nature of the economic, political and social forces at work. More recently there has been a greater concern that both analysis and policy recommendations need to recognise cultural, social and environmental differences exist and that these might also inform the perspectives taken.
Development Studies, therefore, takes an approach which seeks to understand differences, examine key development issues and ideas, and develop skills to help solve development problems.
Research in Development Studies at Manchester
In the most rectent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008) Development Studies at Manchester was ranked No.1 in the UK on "Research Power" .
Research in Development Studies at Manchester takes place in a wide range of different disciplines and research centres including Institute for Development Policy and Management, the School of Social Sciences (Primarily in the Development Economics and Policy Research Area Group in the Economics Discipline Area), the Brooks World Poverty Institute and the Sustainable Consumption Institute. New research is often presented first at University Seminars, for example at the Joint Development Economics Seminar organised by IDPM and Economics (School of Social Sciences - The University of Manchester)
Famous social scientists who have taught and researched Development at Manchester in the past include W. Arthur Lewis, Hans Singer and Kurt Mandelbaum (aka Kurt Martin), H W Arndt, Peter Worsley, Hamza Alavi, Teodor Shanin, Dennis Austin, Bill Tordoff, Terrence Ranger, Trevor Ling, Richard Werbner and Peter Gatrell, Diane Elson, Phil Leeson, Fred Nixson, Jane Harrigan and Tony Addison. Currently at Manchester are Kunal Sen and David Hulme and more recent arrivals include (albeit with part time appointments) Joe Stiglitz and Partha Dasgupta.
Teaching Development at Manchester
Development is a multi-dimensional process of economic, political, social, institutional and cultural change and the study of development requires a multi-disciplinary approach, or more ambitiously, an inter-disciplinary approach. As such development teaching at Manchester is undertaken by a variety of discipline areas and in several schools eg in SoSS in Economics, Sociology, Social Anthropology, Politics and in SED in both IDPM and in Geography.
Undergraduate Studies in Development at Manchester
At Manchester the undergraduate teaching of Development Studies is primarily undertaken within the School of Social Sciences on the BA Economic and Social Studies degree. This multi-disciplinarity inherent in Development Studies being built into the very foundations of the BA Econ.
- Development Studies (3 Years) [BAEcon]
- Development Studies and Economics (3 Years) [BAEcon]
- Development Studies and Politics (3 Years) [BAEcon]
- Development Studies and Sociology (3 Years) [BAEcon]
At open days for potential students there is a talk: Slides of the talk for potential students
The structure of the Development Studies degree
Year 1 provides a broad introduction to the social sciences with a mixture of compulsory and optional courses. The compulsory modules are in economics, politics, quantitative methods and either sociology or social anthropology (both may be selected). This should enable you to make an informed choice of areas and units to study in your second and final years. ECON10002 An Introduction to Development a 10 credit optional course is available.
Year 2 has as the core of the Development Studies program two 10 credit ecomomics units: ECON20321 Alternative Perspectives on Developing Countries (10) and ECON20332 Developing Countries in the International Economy (10) and then any one of POLI20511 The Politics of Globalisation and Development (20), SOAN20821 Political & Economic Anthropology (20) SOCY20162 Globalisation & Developing Societies (all may be selected).
Year 3 has a 20 credit dissertation (either ECON30910 Development Economics, POLI30380 Politics or SOCY30920 Sociology plus the requirement that single honours Development Studies students take a further 60 units from a list of Development units ("Joint" students are required to take at least 50 units). The other 40 or 50 being selected from a wide range of options.
Director of the Development Studies Stream on the BA Econ
Development studies at the UG level is also taught on some units in the SED on their Geography degree
Post-Graduate Studies in Development at Manchester
At Manchester the post-gradute teaching of Development Studies is primarilly undertaken by the IDPM.
- MA Development Studies
- Development Studies (Research Training) MA (School of Environment and Development - The University of Manchester)
- Poverty and Development MSc (School of Environment and Development - The University of Manchester)
- International Development: Social Policy and Social Development MA (School of Environment and Development - The University of Manchester)
- Development Finance MSc (School of Environment and Development - The University of Manchester)
- Other related Masters Programs at IDPM
Development Studies is also taught on some units on other postgraduate degrees in SoSS.
Postgraduate reseach degrees may also be pursued in both IDPM and SoSS.
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