Contemporary Development Theories

Nelson Mandela University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Contemporary Development Theories

  • Host University

    Nelson Mandela University

  • Location

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Development Studies, International Relations

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    12
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    0
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    1
  • Overview

    Syllabus

    PURPOSE
    The purpose of this module is to introduce students to contemporary topics in development theories such as sustainable development, gender and development; people-centred development, neo-liberalism, and social capital.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES
    The student will be able to:

    • describe and assess contemporary development topics in relation to the development theories studied;
    • describe and assess specific development interventions in the light of the theories;
    • describe contemporary controversies in development studies;
    • explain the interrelationship between the contemporary development theories;
    • explain how the contemporary development theories feed into development praxis.

    CORE CONTENT

    • Sustainable Development theory.
    • Gender and Development theory.
    • People-centred development practice.
    • Neo-liberalism and social capital theory.