University of Portsmouth
International Development Studies (Distance Learning)
This course builds on the knowledge in theory and practice of development and applied research methods for development gained in the first year to allow for an in-depth understanding of two optional courses depending on students' interest and background taken in the second year. Optional units will cover the disciplines of health, education, economics, politics and criminology and the topic of gender. The distance learning and part time mode of the programme provides a flexible learning framework with opportunities for students to undertake a full Master's qualification, a postgraduate Diploma or a postgraduate Certificate.
You will study the following core units: Theory & Practice of Development: Explore the history, theory and practice of international development studies, through topics from colonialism to globalisation. You will be introduced to the tools, such as social enterprise, that are used in development practice. Assessment includes a social enterprise project alongside a traditional essay. Applied Research Methods for Development: Learn the strategies and methods of collecting and analysing quantitative and qualitative data in the social sciences. You will learn to use SPSS for data manipulation, quantitative data analysis and interpretation, using a range of data sets relevant to international development studies.
This course will be offered entirely through distance learning methods. All course materials and readings, lecture notes, as well as additional links to useful organisational sites, social media hubs and further resources, will be posted and regularly updated in our virtual learning environment. Human contact will be an important part of the programme too, with regular 'webinars', discussion forums, one-on-one tutorials with lecturers, email correspondence and skype meetings where necessary. The assessment methods used on this programme are varied and test all the skills developed in the different modules at different stages of the learning process. These include essays, leading and participating in discussion forums and blogs, portfolios, policy briefs and research projects, allowing for a balance between formative and summative assessment.
|Qualification||Study mode||Start month||Fee||Course duration|
|Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert||Distance learning (part-time)||January 2018||GBP 1,400 per (Year 1)||1 Years|
|Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert||Distance learning (part-time)||September 2018||GBP 2,000 per (Year 1)||1 Years|
|Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert||Distance learning (part-time)||January 2019||GBP 2,000 per (Year 1)||1 Years|
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