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.

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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.

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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

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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.

Who will you learn with?

David Girling

David Girling

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

Laura Camfield

Laura Camfield

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!

Emil Dauncey

Emil Dauncey

Researcher, analyst and educator specialising in anthropology, geography and international development

Martin Scott

Martin Scott

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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