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Sociology of Development Evening Course


This course is a module on our MA in Development Studies. It can be taken as part of the Master’s programme or as a single course. Single Modules are ideal for learners who wish to update professional knowledge, enhance their career, or sample the MA/PG Dip programme. Click here for further information.

Module Aim

This module aims to develop participants’ critical analysis of social forces which impact on development in their own society in the context of globalisation.

Module Objectives

  • To explore understandings of society, social relations and social change in the context of participants’ experience of their own society.
  • To critically reflect on theories of social development focusing in particular on modernisation and its effects, as well as on the structural constraints on social development in various country contexts as interpreted by dependency and world systems theories.
  • To critically analyse theories of globalisation focusing in particular on the effects of globalisation processes in relation to inequality, migration and development policy.
  • To critically reflect on development ‘alternatives’ and how social development is shaped by various actors and institutions, e.g., through the state, NGOs, in development policies and representations and by social movements

Module Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will be able to critically reflect on their own society in terms of how it is structured, the social changes which have occurred and the social relations which characterise it.
  • Participants are expected to have an overall understanding of different theoretical perspectives on development from a sociological point of view, with an in-depth understanding of and an ability to critique at least three of these perspectives with reference to contemporary debates and their own experience.
  • Participants will have an understanding of some of the key debates related to processes of globalisation and its effects on social development in different contexts.
  • Participants will become familiar with contemporary debates relating to the role of the State and NGOs in development practice and will be able to offer a critique of the role of various actors, institutions and discourses in shaping development.

Details of assessment and up to date reading lists for this module will be made available to learners following enrollment.

Please note that this description is subject to change.

For further information on our MA in Development Studies click here.


To Apply

The next Sociology of Development Evening Course dates are yet to be confirmed.

The module is also available online through our Flexible and Distance Learning MA (FDLMA) programme and can be taken as a single module. Apply for the FDLMA option here. 


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