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BAEcon Development Studies
In depth study into the problems and options faced by the developing world.

BAEcon Development Studies / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course description

  • Are you looking for a broad-ranging, flexible and topical learning experience?
  • Would like to be taught by leaders in the development field?
  • Do you want to develop transferable skills that will prepare you for a wide range of roles or further study?
  • Would you like a chance to study abroad for a semester?

Development Studies looks at the issues, problems and policy options facing the developing world. These include inequality, poverty, hunger and wellbeing.

The University is a leading centre for development research in the UK and you'll be taught by academics who are active in this field.

The Development Studies pathway of the BA(Hons) Economic and Social Studies degree - or BA(Econ) for short - provides you with an interdisciplinary approach to studying Development.

Units on this course are taught by experts from across the School of Social Sciences - Economics, Politics, Sociology, Social Anthropology and Social Statistics - and provide a rich and coherent basis for understanding the processes and possible solutions to the problems of development.      

This flexible degree allows you the freedom to select the subjects that you find the most interesting and relevant. The following pathways all share a common first year. Economics (L100), Economics & Politics (LL12), Economics & Sociology (LL13), Economics & Philosophy (LV15) and Development Studies (L900). After your first year you can apply to switch to a different pathway.

`I prefer the politics and development aspects of Economics, so this course really suited me.' Tom McCann BA Econ, Development Studies student.

Special features

  • The University of Manchester has a global reputation for teaching and researching issues relating to development and poverty. Two Nobel Prize winners in this area have worked at the University - Sir Arthur Lewis and Professor Joseph Stiglitz.
  • This degree's broad-based foundation year means that you don't need to have a social science qualification to apply.
  • The BAEcon Peer Mentoring Network will be on hand to help you settle in - both academically and socially.

Our students

Development Studies BA (Econ) students in figures (2014):

  • Students on the course came from 31 countries
  • Their ages ranged from 17 - 36
  • The male / female ratio was 62 : 38

Meet our students

Teaching and learning

Most course units feature formal lectures supported by smaller tutorials or seminars, in which you will be able to explore the contents of lectures and recommended reading in greater depth.

Tutorials and seminars are also key elements in improving your written and oral communication skills through group discussions, essay-writing and presentations.

Students are assigned an Academic Advisor, an academic member of staff who takes a friendly interest in your progress and can advise you on selecting course units and career opportunities.

Coursework and assessment

The BA (Hons) Economics and Social Studies programme, and the Development Studies specialisation in particular, offers a wide variety of course units.

The way that you study and are assessed will depend on which units you choose. The range of methods is carefully designed to promote in-depth learning and understanding.

  • Essays, coursework and other mid-term evaluations allow fuller development of and feedback on students' knowledge and understanding.
  • Coursework, essays and dissertations promote the development of argument and fuller understanding of academic material and test the extent to which students can carry out work independently.
  • Presentations or group projects promote the development of teamwork.
  • Final exams are more appropriate for certain Economics course units.

Course content for year 1

The first year is designed to give you a solid foundation in the study of Business and a wider understanding of the business environment.

The Development Studies pathway of the BA (Hons) Economic and Social Studies programme is a modular course and in your first year you take 120 credits overall (so between 10-12 individual course units) made up of:

  • 40 credits of Economics
  • 20 credits of Mathematics/Statistics
  • 40 credits of Social Sciences - eg Sociology, Social Anthropology or Philosophy
  • Remaining 20 credits from other disciplines - including Social Sciences, Finance, Development, Applied Statistics, Economic History or Study Skills.

At the end of your first year you can change onto another pathway, such as Economics or Economics and Politics, depending on your own academic interests, as they all share a common first year.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Fundamentals of Finance BMAN10552 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Financial Reporting A BMAN10621A 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Management Accounting BMAN10632 10 Optional
An Introduction to Development Studies ECON10002 10 Optional
Introductory Mathematics ECON10061 10 Optional
Advanced Mathematics ECON10071 10 Optional
Advanced Statistics ECON10072 10 Optional
Computing for Social Scientists ECON10151 10 Optional
Microeconomic Analysis 1 ECON10171 10 Optional
Microeconomic Analysis 2 ECON10172 10 Optional
Macroeconomic Analysis 1 ECON10181 10 Optional
Macroeconomic Analysis 2 ECON10182 10 Optional
Introduction to Mathematical Economics ECON10192 10 Optional
Economic History ECON10212 10 Optional
Microeconomics 2 ECON10232 10 Optional
Macroeconomics 1 ECON10241 10 Optional
Macroeconomics 2 ECON10262 10 Optional
Microeconomics 1 ECON10331 10 Optional
Capitalism in Historical Perspective: 1700-1913 HIST10182 20 Optional
Foundations of Criminal Justice LAWS10421 20 Optional
Psychology, Crime and Criminal Justice LAWS10432 20 Optional
Introduction to Ethics PHIL10021 20 Optional
Critical Thinking PHIL10041 20 Optional
History of Philosophy PHIL10401 20 Optional
Introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology PHIL10622 20 Optional
Introduction to Philosophy of Mind PHIL10632 20 Optional
Introduction to Comparative Politics POLI10201 20 Optional
Introduction to Comparative Politics POLI10202 20 Optional
Making Sense of Politics POLI10301 20 Optional
British Politics: Power and the State POLI10401 20 Optional
Politics of the Global Economy POLI10502 20 Optional
Introduction to International Politics POLI10601 20 Optional
Introduction to Political Theory POLI10702 20 Optional
Power and Culture: Inequality in Everyday Life SOAN10301 10 Optional
Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective SOAN10312 10 Optional
Key Ideas in Social Anthropology SOAN10320 20 Optional
Introduction to Business Anthropology: Consumers, Companies and Culture SOAN10361 20 Optional
Study Skills (BA Econ) - semester 2 SOCS10902 10 Optional
Study Skills (BA Econ) - semester 1 SOCS10911 10 Optional
British Society in a Globalising World SOCY10401 20 Optional
Foundations of Social Thought SOCY10421 20 Optional
Contemporary Social Thought SOCY10432 20 Optional
Media, Culture & Society SOCY10441 20 Optional
Global Social Challenges SOCY10462 20 Optional
Sociology of Personal Life SOCY10471 20 Optional
Work, Organisations and Society SOCY10912 20 Optional
Understanding Social Media SOST10012 20 Optional
Unequal Societies - Health, Wellbeing & Happiness SOST10021 20 Optional
Introductory Statistics for Economists SOST10062 10 Optional
Applied Statistics for Social Scientists SOST10142 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 50 course units for year 1

Course content for year 2

In your second year you begin to study your chosen pathway in much greater depth and take 120 credits over the year.

Single pathway

If you specialise in one pathway, such as Business Studies, you can take a maximum of 80 credits (or two thirds of your courses) in that single pathway and up to 40 credits from other pathways from the BA (Econ).

Joint pathway

If you specialise on a joint pathway such as the Development Studies you also take a maximum of 80 credits in any one pathway, but you have the freedom to split these between the two disciplines depending on what you'd like to study.

Free choice units

In your second year you can also take 20 units from across the University.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Development Economics IIA ECON20321 10 Mandatory
Development Economics IIB ECON20332 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Finance BMAN10552 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Financial Reporting A BMAN10621A 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Management Accounting BMAN10632 10 Optional
Financial Statement Analysis BMAN20081 10 Optional
Financial Markets and Institutions BMAN21011 10 Optional
Financial Reporting and Accountability BMAN21020 20 Optional
Intermediate Management Accounting BMAN21040 20 Optional
Introduction to Business Information Systems BMAN21061 10 Optional
Foundations of Finance A BMAN23000 20 Optional
Foundations of Finance A BMAN23000A 20 Optional
Business Law 1: Law, Business Liabilities and the Consumer BMAN24042 10 Optional
An Introduction to Development Studies ECON10002 10 Optional
Managerial Economics I ECON20000 20 Optional
Environmental Economics IIA ECON20101 10 Optional
Econometrics ECON20110 20 Optional
Mathematical Economics I ECON20120 20 Optional
Further Mathematics ECON20281 10 Optional
Further Statistics ECON20292 10 Optional
Business Economics 1A ECON20341 10 Optional
Business Economics IB ECON20342 10 Optional
Microeconomics IIA ECON20351 10 Optional
Microeconomics IIB ECON20352 10 Optional
Macroeconomics IIA ECON20401 10 Optional
Macroeconomics IIB ECON20402 10 Optional
Economics for Public Policy ECON20431 10 Optional
Crisis and Prosperity in Twentieth-Century Europe HIST21111 20 Optional
Criminal Law (Criminology) LAWS10082 20 Optional
Foundations of Criminal Justice LAWS10421 20 Optional
Psychology, Crime and Criminal Justice LAWS10432 20 Optional
Policing and the Police LAWS20051 20 Optional
Explaining Crime and Deviance LAWS20412 20 Optional
Making Sense of Criminological Data LAWS20441 20 Optional
Modelling Criminological Data LAWS20452 20 Optional
Understanding Punishment LAWS20692 20 Optional
Criminology and Criminal Justice in Action LAWS20701 20 Optional
Philosophy of Religion PHIL20021 20 Optional
Formal Logic PHIL20041 20 Optional
Locke, Berkeley, Hume PHIL20212 20 Optional
Ethics PHIL20232 20 Optional
20th Century Analytical Philosophy PHIL20241 20 Optional
Philosophy of Science PHIL20261 20 Optional
Philosophy of Mind PHIL20272 20 Optional
Phenomenology PHIL20612 20 Optional
Philosophical Methods PHIL20891 20 Optional
Aesthetics PHIL20952 20 Optional
Introduction to Political Theory POLI10702 20 Optional
The Politics of (in)Security POLI20332 20 Optional
Questions About International Politics POLI20521 20 Optional
Politics & Society in Britain Since 1940: From Blitz to Brexit POLI20531 20 Optional
Arguing About Politics: Political Theory in the World POLI20602 20 Optional
The Politics of Globalisation POLI20711 20 Optional
The Politics of Development POLI20722 20 Optional
The Politics of Policy Making POLI20802 20 Optional
Ideals of Social Justice POLI20881 20 Optional
Sex, Gender and Kinship SOAN20802 20 Optional
Anthropology of Religion SOAN20811 20 Optional
Political and Economic Anthropology SOAN20821 20 Optional
Career Management Skills (BA Econ / BA Social Sciences) SOCS21002 10 Optional
Foundations of Social Thought SOCY10421 20 Optional
Contemporary Social Thought SOCY10432 20 Optional
Sociology of Popular Music SOCY20012 20 Optional
Sociology of Nature, Environment and Risk SOCY20022 20 Optional
Work, Economy and Society SOCY20031 20 Optional
Social Network Analysis SOCY20041 20 Optional
Education and Society SOCY20052 20 Optional
Sociology of Fashion SOCY20062 20 Optional
Qualitative Research Design & Methods SOCY20091 20 Optional
Sustainability, Consumption & Global Responsibilities SOCY20232 20 Optional
New Media SOCY20241 20 Optional
Global Migration SOCY20271 20 Optional
Self and Society SOCY20402 20 Optional
Gender, Sexuality and Culture SOCY20891 20 Optional
Racism and Ethnicity in the UK SOCY20962 20 Optional
Applied Statistics for Social Scientists SOST10142 20 Optional
The Survey Method in Social Research SOST20012 20 Optional
Essentials of survey design and analysis SOST20022 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 78 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

In your final year you take 120 credits overall.

Single pathway

If you specialise in a single pathway, such as Business Studies, you can take a minimum of 80 credits in that single area and up to 40 credits from other pathways from the BA (Econ).

Joint pathway

If you specialise in a joint pathway such as Development Studies you take a minimum of 50 credits from each of the two disciplines, and choose the split between the two pathways that you prefer.

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Foundations of Finance A BMAN23000 20 Optional
Foundations of Finance A BMAN23000A 20 Optional
Contemporary Issues in Financial Reporting and Regulation BMAN30030 20 Optional
International Finance BMAN30060 20 Optional
Share Prices and Accounting Information BMAN30071 10 Optional
Financial Derivatives BMAN30091 10 Optional
Advanced Corporate Finance BMAN30111 20 Optional
Accountability and Auditing BMAN30131 10 Optional
Advanced Business Information Systems BMAN30151 10 Optional
Case Studies in Digital Transformation BMAN30202 10 Optional
Corporate Governance in Context BMAN30211 10 Optional
Financial Engineering BMAN30242 10 Optional
Corporate Contracting and Managerial Behaviour BMAN30702 10 Optional
Advanced Management Accounting BMAN31040 20 Optional
Environmental Economics IIA ECON20101 10 Optional
Econometrics ECON20110 20 Optional
Natural Resource Economics ECON30232 10 Optional
Development Economics IIIA ECON30451 10 Optional
Development Studies Dissertation ECON30910 20 Optional
Climate Change Economics and Policy ECON32111 10 Optional
Development Economics IIIB ECON32142 10 Optional
Policing and the Police LAWS20051 20 Optional
Explaining Crime and Deviance LAWS20412 20 Optional
Understanding Punishment LAWS20692 20 Optional
Drugs and Society LAWS30601 20 Optional
Comparative Studies in Crime and Criminal Justice LAWS30641 20 Optional
From Imprisonment to Rehabilitation LAWS30661 20 Optional
Counter Terrorism and Human Rights LAWS30711 20 Optional
Criminology and Mass Violence LAWS31052 20 Optional
Youth Justice and Juvenile Delinquency LAWS31101 20 Optional
Principles, Perspectives and Practice MGDI31101 20 Optional
Ideals of Social Justice POLI20881 20 Optional
Dissertation B POLI30380 20 Optional
Introduction to International Political Economy POLI30721 20 Optional
Gender, War & Militarism POLI30791 20 Optional
Africa & Global Politics POLI30862 20 Optional
War Memories and Reconciliation in East Asia POLI31011 20 Optional
Global Capitalism, Crisis and Revolt POLI31091 20 Optional
Fear and Loathing in International Relations: The Problem of Identity and Difference POLI32061 20 Optional
Fear and Loathing in International Relations: The Problem of Identity and Difference POLI32061 20 Optional
Political and Economic Anthropology SOAN20821 20 Optional
An Anthropology of Science, Magic and Expertise SOAN30052 20 Optional
Medical Anthropology SOAN30061 20 Optional
Anthropology of Development and Humanitarianism SOAN30111 20 Optional
Contemporary Issues in the Social Anthropology of the Middle East SOAN30122 20 Optional
The Anthropology of the Modern State SOAN30351 20 Optional
Urban Sociology SOCY30061 20 Optional
Dissertation (20 credits) SOCY30920 20 Optional
Theory & Method in Demography SOST30012 20 Optional
Modelling Social Inequality SOST30031 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 50 course units for year 3

Facilities

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk