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Department of Development Studies

Aid and development

Course Code:
15PDSH027
Unit value:
0.5
Taught in:
Term 1

The course is taught across ten sessions, each dealing with a different aspect of aid and development. Thematically, the course deals with three main areas: firstly an exploration of key ideas and themes in aid and development; secondly, and examination of how aid functions at different levels; and thirdly, aid in specific contexts. The following is a schematic of the course:

  1. Introduction: What is aid?
  2. Aid and ownership
  3. Evaluating aid
  4. International Organisations, the UN, and aid
  5. Donors, Governments and Aid
  6. Non-governmental organisations
  7. Faith-Based Organisations, Diasporas, and Philanthrocapitalists
  8. Aid, Violence and Conflict
  9. Access, negotiation and the rules of aid
  10. Humanitarian aid & forced migration

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of how ‘aid’ policy emerged, and how it has changed into its modern form 
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the key arguments in the literature on the use of aid as a developmental tool
  • Analyse and discuss aid policy from the perspective of international organisations, national donors, and non-governmental organisations 
  • Demonstrate that they have develop a thorough understanding of the complexities and challenges of linking aid to development objectives 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how aid is evaluated and assessed, and the complications inherent in evaluation models and theories 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how aid is delivered and functions in disaster and conflict contexts

Workload

Teaching takes place through a weekly 2 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial.

Method of assessment

60% examination, 40% coursework. Each student will be expected to submit one essay of no more than 4000 words, worth 40%. Resubmission of coursework regulations apply.