SO5005 - Global Poverty and Development

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What will I learn on this module?

We live in a world that is characterised by massive inequalities, with millions living on less than a $1 a day, whilst others seek remedies for over consumption. Power and resources tend to be concentrated in the hands of a small minority, largely located in Western Europe and the USA, whilst the largest numbers of people and vast majority of the world’s poor live in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America.
This module focuses on patterns of global poverty, and historical and contemporary strategies to try and ‘make poverty history’. In particular, you will look at the idea of ‘development’ as central to those strategies, how its meanings have changed, and the different impacts ‘development’ can have on individuals and communities. You will learn about why, in the 21st Century and amongst great wealth and technological innovation, many people still live in abject poverty, and how the global community is coming together to try to reduce it.

How will I learn on this module?

You will have weekly lectures and seminars. An interactive and student-led approach will be encouraged in seminars, and lectures and seminars will include the analysis of images and film documentaries as appropriate. Emphasis will be placed on encouraging you to function as an independent learner through researching a wide range of sources of information, including images and the websites of key organisations, institutions and civil society networks working in or for development (e.g. the World Bank, UNDP, Oxfam, as well as academic books and journals. This method of delivery will be supported by tutorials and electronic learning as appropriate.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Tutorial time will be available to all students (on a group or individual basis) during staff ‘office hours’ or upon appointment with a module tutor. Sign up on the office door of staff or email members of staff to request a tutorial time.

You will also have access to the e-learning portal with a dedicated internet site to support this module (currently via 'Blackboard'). The site will include electronic copies of module and lecture materials, further reading materials, important module announcements, tutor advice/guidance and further internet links.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. You will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of key concepts in poverty and development
2. You will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the shifting nature of international development approaches, and locate these in the context of historical and contemporary development policy and practice.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. You will be able to select appropriate tools for analysing, and critically interpreting, different development strategies and their social impacts across a range of country contexts.
2. You will be able to select and analyse a range of diverse resources including media, film, NGO reports, and internet resources, to enable you to critically interpret a wide range of aspects of poverty and international development policy and practice

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
1. You will develop a critical awareness of the drivers of poverty and inequality around the world, and be able to think independently about the role of international development in poverty reduction.

How will I be assessed?

This module is assessed by a 3500 word essay, based on a given title, which is due in week 12.

You will receive written feedback on your assessments within 20 working days (4 weeks) of their submissions dates in semester one and semester two.

Students are encouraged to see their tutors for additional feedback on their assessments during the year. Students are also encouraged to use essay plans as part of their assessment preparation and tutors can offer formative feedback on these plans to help students with their writing.





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UCAS Code L300

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Social Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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