Development Studies takes a look at development throughout the world, with a focus on developing nations. Development Studies aims to tackle some of the challenges facing the developing world and develop strategies to help alleviate poverty.
It is an important area of study because it takes a look at inequality in the world and tries to find solutions to improve the lives of citizens in developing countries. Getting to grips with development studies requires delving in too many other disciplines including political science, economics, sociology, psychology, communication, health sciences, anthropology, geography, history, and resource and environmental science.
This course accords students an opportunity to examine development processes, interventions, theories, policies and government structures in the global arena.
It is expected that the student, after having completed the course, will be able to better understand a number of salient issues in the developing world. The student is expected to be able to apply concepts learned in class to the analysis of important issues in development studies.
The course will provide students with training and background needed to understand the dimensions, challenges and processes of global poverty and prosperity. It is also aimed at exposing students to a broad, multidisciplinary range of courses as well as to core methodologies and requisite analytical tools needed to identify, measure, and assess the determinants and effects of international development.