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IR3012   Third World in International Development

Academic year(s): 2024-2025

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: Wednesday 11am - 12 noon

This module critically examines the major theories of development and explores their utility in understanding development in the Third World. In the first part of the module, 'modernisation' and 'dependency' theories are examined. In part two, the issues of economic growth and inequality are explored; explanations and solutions are sought for the problem of the income gap between the rich and the poor at both the global level and inside the Third World. In part three, the challenges associated with development in newly independent states are examined through postcolonial and decolonial lenses.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: Weekly lecture (X10 weeks), weekly tutorials (X10 weeks)

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

Re-assessment: Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr Y A Collins
Module teaching staff: Dr Ariadne Collins

Intended learning outcomes

  • Critically engage with key concepts related to the Third World and International Development.
  • Understand theories of Development and Inequality on the global scale and within countries classed as the Third World.
  • Understand the complex histories and power structures that inform these categorizations.
  • Critically engage with schools of thought that challenge these histories and power structures.