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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PIED5256M Global Inequalities and Development

30 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Dr Anne-Sophie Jung

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This core module 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.


This module aims to enable students to be able to analyse global inequalities at an economic, social and political level. This is coupled with a developed understand of how and why global inequalities are at the core of the ‘development problem’. Students will gain an insight into the mechanisms and actors that maintain, perpetuate or challenge global inequalities, as well as the main contemporary themes in which global inequalities have major consequences. At the end of the module students will be able to analyse ‘development’ from different theoretical and thematic angles.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Identify, discuss and explain factors influencing the making and perpetuation of global inequalities.
2. Critically reflect on the role of economic, social, and political processes in both ameliorating and sustaining inequalities.
3. Understand and make connections between contemporary theories of development and their historical evolution.
4. Apply development theory to understand of contemporary themes and processes in relation to global inequalities.

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Develop and communicate ideas accurately, effectively, and persuasively.
2. Gather and interrogate information and empirical research to identify whether it is accurate and relevant.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

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

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
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: 29/04/2024 16:19:21


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