Online course in Politics & the Modern World

Understanding Development Management

Build your knowledge of the development sector and discover how development can be managed with this online course.

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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Get a taste of the Open University's Development Management degree

Development can mean different things to different people. For development managers around the world, it’s about the process of bringing about change and achieving social justice. But how can development be managed and what tools do development managers need?

On this course, you will discuss the answers to these questions and boost your understanding of development management as a whole. As you learn to unpack what development management is, you will recognise the complexities and political nature of development. You will also apply a development management tool to a real-world context.

What topics will you cover?

  • An explanation of what development management and development are
  • A story of development management
  • An opportunity to engage with development management and consider mitigating unconscious bias
  • The practice of development management and the rights to manage development for others
  • The project cycle and a stakeholder analysis tool.

When would you like to start?

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  • Available now
    This course started 12 Aug 2019

What will you achieve?

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

  • Demonstrate your understanding of the different forms development and its management have taken, in theory and in practice
  • Describe the key concepts, theories and methods that reveal development management as a process that is personal, political and professional
  • Assess project cycle and stakeholder analysis as a tool used by development managers

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in or already working in the development sector. It will act as a guide for those thinking of moving into development work.

Who will you learn with?

Susan Fawssett

Susan Fawssett

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.

Who developed the course?

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.

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