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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA International Development

Programme code:BA-IDEVUCAS code:L920
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager: Dr Jorg Wiegratz Contact address:J.Wiegratz@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 365

Entry requirements:

The minimum requirements are normally A,B,B at 'A' level or equivalent.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Politics and International Studies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Politics and International Studies

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Programme specification:

On completion of the programme, students should have provided evidence of being able to:
- understand the nature and significance of international development as a process and political, economic and social goal
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the origins and evolution of international development, from its emergence in the post-WWII era up to the present day, including the role of international institutions in a variety of shifting contexts
- demonstrate a solid knowledge of recent international development scholarship and an ability to critically engage with it
- appreciate the limits to the approaches and analytical frames prevalent in the international development literature
- demonstrate a solid grasp of key international development tools and policies and their impact on society
- critically evaluate the various ways in which ‘Development is done’ in a range of regional and temporal contexts and under different geo-political climates
- evaluate different interpretations of global processes by which inequality is produced and maintained, and factors that promote positive social, political and economic change; and design and carry out an extended self-initiated research project

The programme:
- offers a unique opportunity to study for a semester abroad, in Ghana, Hong Kong or Turkey for development students (this can be combined with the standard study abroad options). Many students currently use this as an opportunity to carry out volunteering work, which motivates many students for the final year and is used by many as a springboard for their dissertation topic in their final year
- has a strong identity which specialises in the international political economy of development, complemented by a strong focus on social and practical development skills and approaches. It also includes a wide range of contemporary global challenges, that forms a strand from Global Development Challenges module at Level One, through to the entire range of optional modules at Level Three


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

You are required to study the following compulsory modules:

PIED1000Studying and Researching in POLIS5 creditsSemester 1
PIED1110Comparative Politics20 creditsSemester 2
PIED1201Global Development Challenges20 creditsSemester 2
PIED1212Making of the Modern World20 creditsSemester 1
PIED1511International Politics20 creditsSemester 1
PIED1601Freedom, Power and Resistance: An Introduction to Political Ideas20 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

You may choose one of the following optional modules. Alternatively, you may choose 20 credits of discovery modules.

PIED1100British Politics20 creditsSemester 2
PIED1806Contemporary Africas: Politics, Society and the Environment20 creditsSemester 2

Please speak to your Programme Leader if you need advice about study choices.

Discovery modules:

You may choose up to 20 credits of discovery modules. Please make sure you have the necessary pre-requisites before you enrol.

POLIS hosts the multi-disciplinary power and conflict module which you may choose to take if you wish. However there are also numerous other discovery modules based in other schools that you may choose from

PIED1551Power and Conflict - an Introduction20 creditsSemester 2

Your total credits for the year should be 125.


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

You are required to study the following compulsory modules:

PIED2204Development Theory and Practice20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2721Approaches to Analysis20 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study between 40-80 credits of optional modules.

You are required to study at least 20 and up to 80 credits from the following optional modules:

PIED2220North-South Linkages20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2301Politics and Policy in the EU20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2403Comparative Politics of Pacific Asia20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2448Politics of Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2455State and Politics in Africa20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2463United States Politics20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2501Theories of International Relations20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2558Security Studies20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2601Revolution and Reaction: Political Problems in the 20th Century20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2602Justice, Community and Conflict20 creditsSemester 2

To make up your total number of credits, you may take further options from the following list.

PIED2126The Conservative Party Since 194520 creditsSemester 1
PIED2139The Labour Party Since 194520 creditsSemester 2
PIED2160Spin Doctors and Electioneering20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2711Analysing Data in Politics, Development and International Relations20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2810Career Planning for POLIS Students20 creditsSemester 1

Please speak to your Programme Leader if you need advice about study choices.

Discovery modules:

You may choose up to 40 credits of discovery modules. Please make sure you have the necessary pre-requisites before you enrol.

Your total credits for the year should be 120.


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

You are required to study the following compulsory dissertation module:

PIED3750Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Optional modules are grouped into List A and List B. You must choose at least 40 and up to 60 credits from list A, and at least 20 and up to 40 credits from list B. You must take a minimum of 60 credits from both lists combined.
LIST A
You must choose between 40 and 60 credits from the following list:

PIED3202Land, Fuel and Agriculture20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3206The Politics of Aid20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3207International Development and Social Policy20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3261Violence and Reconciliation in Africa20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3608Philosophy of Human Rights20 creditsSemester 1

LIST B
You are required to study 20-40 credits from the following optional modules.

PIED3158British Foreign Policy20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3172Parliaments and the Public20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3202Land, Fuel and Agriculture20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3207International Development and Social Policy20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3261Violence and Reconciliation in Africa20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3310Britain and the EU20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3325Europe in the World20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3402American Foreign Policy20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3408Nuclear Weapons and Global Politics20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3504Critically Analysing The Responsibility to Protect20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3505Dirty War: Insurgency, the State and Cities20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3565Terrorism: Concepts, Debates, Cases20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3603Political Psychology: on Authority and Obedience20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3609Radical Political Ideas: Marx, Nietzsche, Schmitt, Foucault, Kristeva20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3617Reimagining Politics: Gender, Race, and Popular Culture20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3702Introduction to Programming for Social Science20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3810Video Games: Politics, Society and Culture20 creditsSemester 1

Please speak to your Programme Leader if you need advice about study choices.

Discovery modules:

You may take up to 20 credits of discovery modules. Please make sure you have the necessary pre-requisites before you enrol.

Your total credits for the year should be 120.

Last updated: 28/08/2019

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