BA Development Studies

Programme Code: L905 BA/DevS

Duration: 3 Years

Entry Requirements

  • BTEC: DDD
  • Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
  • Scottish Highers: AAAAA
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAA
  • Irish LC: 360 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
  • Advanced Placement: 4 5 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
  • Euro Bacc: 85%
  • French Bacc: 15/20
  • German Abitur: 1.5
  • Italy DES: 85/100
  • Austria Mat: 1.5
  • Polish Mat: Overall 80% including 3 extended level subjects

Minimum Entry Requirements: Applicants with non-standard qualifications may be invited for interview

Mode of Attendance: Have you got a passion for addressing the major issues and challenges facing today’s global community? The BA Development Studies programme draws upon the significant expertise of our academic staff. This exciting programme examines key topics in international development while analyzing the roles and impact of a wide variety of regional and international actors. By the time you graduate, you will have cultivated a deep knowledge of the causes of - and responses to - poverty, marginalization and vulnerability in developing countries and the process of dramatic social, economic and political change.

Structure

Students take 120 credits per year composed of the core and optional modules, which allows for students to design their own intellectual journey while maintaining a strong grasp of the fundamentals.

Year One

Students will take 3 core/compulsory module units in development studies, as well as 1 'open option' (this may be a module at SOAS in a subject or language other than those named in the student’s chosen degree title).

  • Introduction To Development Studies 151010001 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Introduction to Political Economy of Development 151010048 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Critical Reasoning in Contemporary Development Studies 151010046 (30 credits) Full Year

Year Two

Students take core/compulsory modules to the value of two units in development studies. They must also take at least one optional module unit within Development Studies. They may then take either another Development Studies optional unit or can choose an 'open option' from another department.

  • Comparative Studies on Development 151010022 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Introduction to Development Practice 151010047 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Key Thinkers and Theories in Development 151010049 (15 credits) Term 2

Year Two

Development Studies Options

  • Development Communication 151010044 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Development and Conflict 151010041 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Introduction to global forced migration studies 151010020 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Governance and development 151010040 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Non-governmental organizations, development and change 151010034 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Political economy of finance, debt, and development 151010038 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018

Year Two

Economics Options

N.B. 153400003 Introduction to Economic Analysis is a prerequisite for all of the options below.

  • Banking and Finance 153400100 (30 credits) Full Year
  • International Economics 153400106 (30 credits) Full Year

Year Two

Politics Options

  • Comparative political sociology of Asia and Africa 153400067 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Government and politics of China 153400071 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Government and politics of South Asia 153400020 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Political theory 153400054 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Politics of development 153400042 (30 credits) Full Year
  • The state and politics in Africa 153400064 (30 credits) Full Year

Year Two

Geography Courses (KCL)

Refer to the 'BA Geography and...' page, or contact Dr. Debby Potts (debby.potts@kcl.ac.uk) at KCL to discuss module choices.

Year Three

Students take Development Studies options to the value of at least 3 units and can choose as their final module unit an 'open option' from another department.

Year Three

Development Studies Options

  • BA Professional Placement 151010051 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Development Communication 151010044 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Development and Conflict 151010041 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Independent study project in Development Studies 151010006 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Introduction to global forced migration studies 151010020 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Natural resources, development, and change: putting critical analysis into practice 151010050 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Neoliberalism, Democracy and Development 151010045 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Non-governmental organizations, development and change 151010034 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Governance and development 151010040 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Issues in Borders and Development 151010028 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Issues in gender and development 151010021 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Issues in global commodity chains, production networks, and informal work 151010032 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Issues of the working poor and development 151010037 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Security (BA) 151010035 (15 credits) Term 1

Year Three

Economics Options

  • Principles of Marxist Political Economy 153401005 15 Term 2

Year Three

Politics Options

  • Comparative political sociology of Asia and Africa 153400067 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Government and politics of China 153400071 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Government and politics of South Asia 153400020 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Government and politics of the Middle East 153400060 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Political theory 153400054 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Politics of development 153400042 (30 credits) Full Year
  • The state and politics in Africa 153400064 (30 credits) Full Year

Teaching & Learning

Modules are taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials, usually one hour a week of each. Sometimes, one follows the other in a two-hour block. Sometimes, the tutorial is at a different time or on a different day than the lecture.

Tutorials are sessions in which students are expected to present reports and take a lead in discussions.

Depending on the size of the class, some intermediate and advanced level modules are less strictly divided between a formal lecture and a tutorial discussion, and instead, the topic is briefly introduced by the lecturer, followed by a seminar discussion. Advanced level modules, which are usually taught in one two-hour block, often take this format.

Program taught in:
  • English

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