• The Open University

Bringing About Change

Investigate the politics and ethics of development and discover what you can do to bring about transformative change.

Bringing About Change
  • Duration

    8 weeks
  • Weekly study

    15 hours

Draw on lessons from history and learn how to bring about transformative change

On this course, you will explore the lessons learnt from history to investigate how transformative change can occur when so many agencies have conflicting agendas and priorities. You will learn how development management can be made more transformative within the constraints of the ‘real world’.

You’ll explore advocacy – how change happens, its political processes, how development managers ‘do’ advocacy and critical approaches to advocacy processes. You’ll also gain the skills and knowledge needed to write the final assessment of the Postgraduate Certificate in Global Development Management.

What topics will you cover?

  • Doing development differently
  • Humanitarian standards including safeguarding issues
  • Political processes of advocacy
  • Governance: getting the rules right to negotiate and mediate change

Who is the course for?

This course is for everyone interested in bringing about transformative change within development.

What software or tools do you need?

A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities.

Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.

A desktop or laptop computer with either:

  • Windows 7 or higher
  • Mac OS 10.7 or higher

The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.

To participate in our online discussion area you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones.

Who will you learn with?

My academic interests are centred around gender and development, the Sustainable Development Goals and global governance processes all of which I’ve taught or practised. I’m module Chair of D890.

Susan is an Open University tutor and a seasoned development researcher. She works extensively with international development organisations to deliver training and author teaching materials.

Me - a research scientist, then facilitator, mediator/Open University tutor (development management), now teaching English as a Second Language. And I’m passionate about dancing Argentine Tango!

Hi, I’m Marianna and I’ve worked in the NGO, government and academic sectors, on poverty and inequality, conflict and government policy. I’m passionate about development and helping others achieve.

Rachel is a social anthropologist by training and inclination, who has worked for the OU for 17 years. She’s carried out research in India, Indonesia and Mozambique.

Lecturer in Global Development at the Open University: Educator, Researcher, Analyst, Advisor, and MOOC maker.

I have 25 years experience as an OU Associate Lecturer working on several Development Management modules. My main academic interests are the politics of development, micro finance and evaluation.

Who developed the course?

The Open University

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

  • Established

  • Location

    Milton Keynes, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

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