POL10120 Foundations in Global Development

Academic Year 2020/2021

This module is designed to introduce students to key themes in the foundations of global politics and development. The first section of the module explores theories (and histories) of development (and underdevelopment), including market-based approaches (free markets, free trade, etc.); approaches that emphasise the role of the state; Marxist and dependency schools; as well as feminist, environmental and post-development theories. The second section of the module explores more empirical aspects of development (and underdevelopment), such as the role of international institutions like the International Monetary Fund, as well as dimensions ranging from foreign direct investment to corruption.

This module is taught by Dr Emma Mathias.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the module, students should be able to understand and critically engage with debates about global affairs and their implications for the development (or lack of it) of different parts of the world.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Primarily lecture-based, but with scope for Q&A in class and for electronic interaction with module coordinators; assessments provide scope also for critical reflection and application of lecture and reading based learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Multiple Choice Questionnaire (Short): Miscelleaneous Unspecified n/a Graded No


Examination: End of Semester 1hr Exam 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 1 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback on continuous assessment will guide preparation for final exam

Name Role
Dr Krishna Chaitanya Vadlamannati Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 29, 30, 31 Fri 11:00 - 11:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 30, 31 Mon 15:00 - 15:50