Contemporary Development Theories
Nelson Mandela University
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Area of Study
Development Studies, International Relations
Taught In English
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Host University Units12
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits0
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units1
Hours & Credits
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.
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.
- Sustainable Development theory.
- Gender and Development theory.
- People-centred development practice.
- Neo-liberalism and social capital theory.