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What is International Development?

Explore the key ideas, concepts and debates around the study of international development, using Nairobi in Kenya as a case study.

6,630 enrolled on this course

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  • Duration

    5 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours

Discover the fascinating study of international development

On this course, you will learn how international development is conceptualised, imagined and communicated as an area of study.

You will consider the ways international development impacts individuals living in different parts of the world, focusing on Nairobi in Kenya.

You will use the example of Nairobi to relate abstract concepts and debates to the lived experiences of real people.

Upon completion of this course, you’ll have a deeper understanding of indicators of development, population growth, migration, urbanisation, and environmental issues like waste and pollution.

We have facilitation dates planned with our course team for:

  • 25th October - Friday 27th November 2021
  • 7th February - Friday 12th March 2022
  • 9th May - Friday 11th June 2022
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  • Week 1

    Introduction to the Course and Measuring Development

    • Introduction to the course and measuring development

      In this activity we will start to think about the many meanings of the term ‘development’.

  • Week 2

    Uneven development

    • Uneven development

      In this activity we will focus on our case study, Kenya.

  • Week 3

    Media and Development

    • Media and Development

      The media plays an important role in shaping public perceptions of development and the ‘developing world’ in the Global North.

  • Week 4

    Demography, Gender, Health and Development

    • Demography, gender, health and development

      This week we will learn about how demographics affect development by studying populations pyramids and demographic transition.

  • Week 5

    Migration and Urbanisation

    • Migration and urbanisation

      In this session we will discuss the causes and consequences of urbanisation.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the key ideas, concepts and debates in international development
  • Evaluate the different meanings and perceptions of development
  • Investigate how development is measured
  • Assess how 'development'and 'developing countries' are represented
  • Explore the causes and consequences of population growth and distribution
  • Describe urbanisation and the motivations that attract people to cities

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in diversity across the world.

It will be of particular interest to those considering study or work in international development.

Who will you learn with?

Associate Professor in Media and International Development at University of East Anglia - UK.

Head of the School of International Development, UEA. Interested in methodologies for doing good, ethical research and generating data for evaluation - a bit of a geek, really!

Researcher, analyst and educator specialising in anthropology, geography and international development. Lecturer in International Development at the Open University.

I am an associate professor in Media and International Development at the University of East Anglia, UK. I am the author of 'Media and Development' and study media freedom and humanitarian news.

Who developed the course?

UEA (University of East Anglia)

The University of East Anglia is an internationally renowned university providing top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 15,000 students from over 100 countries around the globe.

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