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The aim of this module is to introduce students to some key ideas and approaches within a model of development practice which is sometimes called ‘people-centred’, ‘participatory’ or ‘alternative’.
These approaches provide a challenge to ‘mainstream’ or ‘conventional’ development interventions, and thereby encourage critical reflection on how development is, and should be, practised with an emphasis on inclusive development planning which is essential in terms of the increasing need for climate justice.
The main topic headings are:
Examining Different Perspectives of Development;
Exploring Key Concepts;
Critiques of Participatory Development;
Exploring Core Principles of People- Centred Development;
The Role of the Development Practitioner;
Contemporary development practice (case studies).
It is intended that through this module, students will have developed a constructively questioning attitude towards development work in general, and will be able to articulate this within their own perspectives on what appropriate development practice might look like.