BA International Development with Politics with a Year Abroad

"Politics comes in to everything you do, say and think about in development. The approach taken in this degree programme is vital to understanding all things development-related."

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Dave Shraga, BA International Development, 2011-2014

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"This course offers broad-based coverage of the politics underpinning why the practice of development is the way it is today, and how power operates across the globe - two spheres of debate that provide a critical base for students wishing to understand frames of injustice, and locate points of resistance."

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Rosie Rawle, BA International Development, 2010-2013

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This degree is particularly suitable for students who are interested in understanding the uneven patterns and trajectories of development between and within countries, and how different structural conditions as well as the behaviour of key development actors shape the development process.

Central themes of the degree include dynamics of state-civil society relations, democracy and democratisation, and the risk of intrastate violence in developing countries, all of which will be analysed within an explicit political science framework.

Overview

This exciting new degree programme combines the study of politics with interdisciplinary approaches to international development. Core modules encompass a range of topics such as the politics of poverty and inequality; democracy and democratization; the causes and consequences of conflict; relationships between state and society; and the practices of a range of actors from governments to international development agencies, and from NGOs to social movements.

The BA International Development with Politics is particularly suitable for students who are interested in understanding why patterns of development vary between and within countries, and how development actors shape the development process. In addition to the degree’s core modules, you will be able to choose from the wide range of modules that are available in the School.

The degree combines the School’s emphasis on critical analysis with rigorous theoretical and methodological training. As part of your degree you can:

  • take the very popular 'Development Work Experience’ module that allows you to gain practical experience in development projects
  • attend a range of specialised practical skills sessions, which enhance your employability prospects. 

Course Structure

The first year provides an introduction to key themes in politics and international development. In the second year, you will learn about research methods used in the politics of development, and begin to critically analyse development practice.  In addition to the core modules, you will be able to choose from a range of optional courses that focus on various aspects of international development and politics.

You will have the opportunity to take up a work placement for a period of two to five months at the end of your second year.

In the third year, you will learn more about the links between politics and policy-making in international development and be able to select further optional modules.

Year 1

In the first year you will be expected to take three core modules that introduce you to major theories in the politics of development, key themes in development studies, and the use of evidence in development:

  • Introduction to the Politics of Development
  • Introduction to Development Studies
  • Evidence in Development and Geography

In addition to these core modules, you will select two further modules from a range of optional courses offered by the School. These include:

  • Social Anthropology and International Development 1
  • Media and Development 1: Humanitarian Communication
  • Introduction to Economics of Development
  • Introduction to Natural Resources and Development
  • Introduction to Human Geography

Year 2

You will be expected to take two core modules in your second year:

  • Research Methods and Tools in the Politics of Development
  • The Political Sociology and Political Economy of Development Practice

In addition to these core modules, you will be asked to select four further modules from a range of optional courses offered by the School of International Development and the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies. These optional courses include:

  • Gender and Development
  • Education and International Development
  • Social Anthropology and International Development 2
  • Media and Development 2: Communication for Development
  • Latin American Development
  • Sub-Saharan African Development
  • South Asian Development
  • Geography of Development
  • People and Place
  • Economics of Development
  • Natural Resources and Development
  • Power and Society
  • Global Political Economy
  • Democracy
  • Gender and Power

Year 3

In the third and final year you will study the core module “Politics and Policy-Making in International Development” and write your BA dissertation. The dissertation is a substantial research project based on a topic of your choice relating to the politics of international development, supervised by an academic with expertise in the area of your research. In addition you will be able to select three further modules from a range of optional modules offered by the School of International Development and the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies. These include;

  • Wars and Humanitarian Crises
  • Capitalism and its Critics
  • Distributive Justice
  • Development Work Experience
  • Development in Practice

Assessment

The BA International Development with Politics uses a variety of assessment methods throughout your three years of study including formative and summative assessments of presentations, essays, and exams, as well as a dissertation. To facilitate your learning progress, you will be able to access learning materials through UEA’s library and Blackboard (UEA’s online teaching platform), and will receive guidance from an academic adviser.

What Next?

You will graduate with the specialist and practical skills needed for a successful career in the UK or overseas. Many of our graduates work in development, including roles in:

  • United Nations World Food Programme
  • British Red Cross
  • Government (both UK and foreign)

Others use the academic and transferable skills gained for careers in business, the voluntary and public sector, community development, environment, and media. 

Study Abroad

For Home/EU students opting for a Year Abroad the tuition fee is currently £1,350. The Year Abroad tuition fee will be subject to an annual increase. International Students are required to pay 25% of their annual tuition fee to UEA during their Year Abroad and this will be calculated based on the current tuition fee for that year.
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Course Modules

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit the website.

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.

Scholarships

We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Office (Development)
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

    Next Steps

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