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SX1019: AFRICA: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FOR ALL? (2015-2016)

Last modified: 25 Mar 2016 11:32


Course Overview

The course begins with an historical perspective and looks at how development has been portrayed in academic texts as well as in novels, films and music. Throughout the course will be a focus on human rights, equity and social inclusion, good governance and resource allocation. Case studies will be used to demonstrate good practice and different cultural, social, economic and political barriers to progress will be identified. The course will conclude with a focus on the need for information, systems, community participation, empowerment and political commitment for the realisation of the MDGs.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Peter Mtika

Qualification Prerequisites

None.

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course begins with an historical perspective and look at how development has been portrayed in academic texts as well as in novels, films and music. Running throughout the course will be a focus on human rights, equity and social inclusion, good governance and resource allocation and how they are central to the sustained achievement of the MDGs. Case studies will be used to demonstrate good practice and different cultural, social, economic and political barriers to progress will be identified. The course will conclude with a focus on the need for information, systems, community participation, empowerment and political commitment for the realisation of the MDGs.

Further Information & Notes

This course is being offered by the University of Aberdeen Centre for Sustainable International Development. This course is only available to students registered in Programme Years 1 and 2. Attendance at sixth century courses is compulsory. Students who do not attend all classes (including lectures) for a sixth century course, without exceptional cause, will not pass the engagement component of the course and will therefore fail the course.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

59 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%) 3 assessments.
The first assessment will be a computer quiz worth 30% of the course grade. It will assess students understanding of the key concepts and differences in disciplinary approaches (and will act as a check that they are coping with the interdisciplinary elements of the course and permit tutors to make any changes needed). They will also be required to find answers to questions through the electronic use of the UN Development data base (DevInfo).
The second assessment will be a computer-based case study utilising real data provided by the course code worth 30% of the course grade. It will judge the student's capacity to assimilate the knowledge acquired and to formulate informed questions to panel debates.
The third assessment will be a peer-assessed oral group presentation worth 40% of the course grade. It will look at the extent to which students are able to become involved in affecting change relating to a specific development issue through interacting with webpages and social networking media throughout the course.
Resit:Any assessment failed or missed will be submitted/resubmitted until a pass is achieved.

Formative Assessment

Workshops and practice questions will provide formative assessments.

Feedback

Feedback will be given on performance in workshops and practice questions will carry full feedback for immediate self-reflection. The summative assessments will be returned with written feedback.

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