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.
What topics will you cover?
- Imagining Cities of the South: Media and development
- The global city: Trade and economic development
- Living in the city: Population, migration and urbanisation
- Urban challenges: Housing, infrastructure and waste
- Urban futures: NGOs, sustainable development policy and practice
When would you like to start?
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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.
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