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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PIED5256M Global Inequalities and Development

30 creditsClass Size: 75

Module manager: Dr Lisa Thorley

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This core module for the MA Global Development and MA Global Development and Education discusses the object of development through a series of lectures and seminars that focus on global inequalities. The module intends to give the student an understanding of why and how the world’s inequalities produce advantages and disadvantages in development. The module starts by discussing the origins of development, economic, social, and the political inequalities that lay the foundations for discussions about poverty, education, health, gender and the environment. The module ends by discussing if and how social movements can claim rights and thereby challenge global inequalities.


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1 Analyse global inequalities at a economic, social and political level;
2 Understand how and why global inequalities are at the core of the ‘development problem’;
3 Gain insight into the mechanisms and actors that maintain, perpetuate or challenge global inequalities;
4 Obtain an insight into the main contemporary themes in which global inequalities have major consequences;
5 Analyse ‘development’ from different theoretical and thematic angles.

Learning outcomes
The student is expected to have knowledge about:
1 The nature of global inequalities
2 Factors influencing the making and perpetuation of global inequalities
3 Contemporary theories of development and their historical evolution.
4 The role of economic, social, and political processes in sustaining inequalities
5 Potential of economic, social and political processes to ameliorate inequalities
6 An overview of contemporary themes and processes in relation to global inequalities.


1 Inequalities and development
2 Contemporary global political economy
3 Making of the global economy
4 Social inequalities: race, class, gender
5 Political structures of poverty and inequality
6 Poverty and human development
7 Land and dispossession
8 Development Aid
9 Social movements: democracy from below.

This outline only mentions the main themes that will be taught. Seminars will take a more in-depth and/or case study view upon issues discussed, and may fluctuate according to contemporary developments and the teaching team.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours275.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Students are expected to prepare for lectures as well as seminars. They will base their reading on provided key readings and a reading list. About eleven hours per week should be spent throughout the semesters, including reading week.

Assignments for seminars involve reading and in-class group work, including debates, presentations, and discussions.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students have to submit a first 1,000 word essay in week 5 of their course, which allows for an early assessment of abilities and weaknesses.

Students are supported and receive detailed feedback on these essays in order to make sure they can improve their performance before the January and May assessment periods.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 1,500 Mid Term Essay30.00
Essay1 x 3000 End of Term Essay70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:29:45


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