BA International Development with Politics with a Placement Year


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This innovative degree programme combines the study of politics with interdisciplinary approaches to international development.

You’ll study a range of topics including the politics of poverty, inequality, conflict and democracy and how governments, international development agencies, NGOs and social movements influence political, economic and social change. You also get to choose from a range of options with the School of International Development, and in other departments. In your dissertation you’ll study a topic of your own choice in depth, under the supervision of a faculty member.

You’ll also have the chance to develop a range of skills including research skills, data analysis, designing policy interventions and civil society campaigns, delivering presentations, and team work.
You’ll be taught by academic staff whose research is internationally renowned. We’re actively involved in research across the globe, working with many national and international development agencies.

Overview

Our research keeps our lecturers in touch with development issues at grassroots level, ensuring you benefit from the very latest thinking.  Our flexible approach to learning enables you to explore your interests and strengths, graduating with a world-class degree in international development.

Course Structure

Year 1

In your first year you’ll establish a grounding in key themes in politics and international development. You’ll take three core modules exploring major theories in the politics of development, development studies, and the use of evidence in development. 

In addition to these core modules, you’ll select two further modules from a selection offered by the School, covering topics such as social anthropology and international development, humanitarian communication, economics of development, natural resources and development, and human geography. 

Year 2

In your second year, you’ll learn about the research methods used in the politics of development. At the same time you’ll begin to critically analyse development practice. You’ll take two core modules: Research Methods in the Politics of Development, and Politics, Development, Society. 

In addition you’ll select four further modules from a diverse range of optional courses, covering topics such as gender and development, the politics of migration, natural resources, and communication for development. 

Year 3

In your third year, you’ll have the chance to put what you’ve learned into practice and get hands-on professional experience through a 9-12 month work placement in a development organization, before returning to UEA for your final year. This placement will allow you to gain invaluable working experience and employability skills in a relevant area of your choice. You are expected to source your placement yourself, but support is available from the School staff and the Careers Service.   

Year 4

In your final year you’ll study the core module Politics, Policy, Practice. In addition you’ll select three further modules from a range of optional modules covering topics such as wars and humanitarian crises, capitalism and its critics, and distributive justice. 

You’ll also write your dissertation on an international development topic of your choosing. 

Teaching and Learning

You’ll learn through a combination of lectures and seminars. You’ll engage with a range of interactive tasks and activities and find the use of technology is also widespread. 

In seminar group work and presentations you’ll be able to develop transferable skills, such as articulating an argument both orally and in writing, and presenting academic information in a lucid and cogent manner. 

As your degree progresses there will be more emphasis on independent study. That means you can pursue areas of learning that suit your needs and interests. You’ll also develop your independent study skills in your dissertation. 

Assessment

You’ll be assessed across a combination of coursework and unseen written exams. Your coursework will typically consist of two of the following: 

  • An essay 
  • A quantitative assignment 
  • Practical or experimental assignments 
  • A report 

Your dissertation contributes a significant amount to your final grade. It’s an important opportunity for you to develop and demonstrate your skills in interdisciplinary analysis in a self-motivated study. 

Study abroad or Placement Year

In your third year, you will spend 9-12 months in a full-time development placement, before returning to your studies in the final year. This placement will allow you to gain invaluable working experience and employability skills in a relevant area of your choice.

You are expected to source your placement yourself, but support is available from the School staff and the Careers Service. Please note we cannot guarantee any student a work placement as this decision rests with potential employers. If you have not successfully secured a work placement by the end of your second year you will be transferred onto one of the three-year programmes. 

After the course

You’ll graduate with the specialist and practical skills you need for a successful career in the UK or overseas. 

Many of our graduates work in development, including in roles in the United Nations World Food Programme, UK governments, foreign governments, non-government organisations, and charities such as Oxfam and British Red Cross. 

Others use the academic and transferable skills gained for careers in business, the voluntary and public sector, activism and campaigning, community development, environment, and the media.  Alternatively you could go on to further study with an MA or PhD. 

Career destinations

Career destinations related to your degree include: 

  • International organisations 
  • Governments
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Activism and Campaigning
  • Masters and PHD programmes
  • Private Sector

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.

Course Modules 2021/2

Year 1U

Core Modules ( 20 credits)

Module Description Assessment Credits Period  
DEV-4009B INTRODUCTION TO THE POLITICS OF DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2  

Compulsory Modules ( 60 credits)

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
DEV-4001A INTRODUCTION TO DEVELOPMENT STUDIES CW 40 SEM1
DEV-4002A EVIDENCE IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND GEOGRAPHY CW 20 SEM1

Options Range A

Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
DEV-4003B INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS OF DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-4004B INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT: PRINCIPLES AND CONCEPTS WW 20 SEM2
DEV-4005B INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY WW 20 SEM2
DEV-4007B INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY WW 20 SEM2
DEV-4008B HUMANITARIAN COMMUNICATION CW 20 SEM2

Year 2U
Compulsory Modules ( 40 credits)

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
DEV-5018A POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT 2: RESEARCH METHODS AND TOOLS CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5019B POLITICS, DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIETY WW 20 SEM2

Options Range A

Students will select 60-80 credits from the following modules:

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
DEV-5001A GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5002A QUANTITATIVE EVIDENCE IN DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5003A EDUCATION AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5004A SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5005B LATIN AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5006B SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5007B SOUTH ASIAN DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5009B RESEARCH METHODS FOR SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY CW 20 SEM2
DEV-5010B GEOGRAPHIES OF DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5011A PEOPLE AND PLACE CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5013B NATURAL RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT 3 WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5014A METHODS IN HUMAN GEOGRAPHY CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5015A COMMUNICATION FOR DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5016A ECONOMICS FOR DEVELOPMENT 2: Microeconomics CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5016B GEOGRAPHY FIELD COURSE PR 20 SEM2
DEV-5017B ECONOMICS FOR DEVELOPMENT 3: Macroeconomics WW 20 SEM2

Options Range B
Students must not take more than 20 credits of Level 2 modules in their 2nd year.
Students will select 0-20 credits from the following modules:

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
ENV-5002B ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY MAKING CW 20 SEM2
PPLB4* Any module beginning PPLB4
PPLB5* Any module beginning PPLB5
PPLI5161B POWER, WEALTH AND NATIONS: GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMY CW 20 SEM2
PPLM5002A GENDER AND POWER CW 20 SEM1
PPLM5002B POLITICAL VIOLENCE & CONFLICT: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES CW 20 SEM2
PPLX5064A WESTERN POLITICAL THOUGHT CW 20 SEM1
PPLX5159B POWER AND SOCIETY CW 20 SEM2

Year YU
Compulsory Modules (120 credits)

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
DEV-5021Y INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLACEMENT YEAR CW 120 YEAR

Year 4U
Compulsory Modules ( 60 credits)

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
DEV-6007Y DISSERTATION PR 40 YEAR
DEV-6011B POLITICS, POLICY AND PRACTICE CW 20 SEM2
DEV-6017A DISSERTATION (WINTER SUBMISSION) PR 40 SEM1

Options Range A

Students will select 40-60 credits from the following modules:

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
DEV-6003A WARS AND HUMANITARIAN CRISES CW 20 SEM1
DEV-6009B DEVELOPMENT IN PRACTICE CW 20 SEM2
PPLX6083B CAPITALISM AND ITS CRITICS WW 20 SEM2
PPLX6098B DISTRIBUTIVE JUSTICE CW 20 SEM2

Options Range B

Students will select 10 credits from the following modules:

Module Description Assessment Credits Period
DEV-5001A GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5003A EDUCATION AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5004A SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5005B LATIN AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5006B SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5007B SOUTH ASIAN DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5010B GEOGRAPHIES OF DEVELOPMENT WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5011A PEOPLE AND PLACE CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5013B NATURAL RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT 3 WW 20 SEM2
DEV-5014A METHODS IN HUMAN GEOGRAPHY CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5015A COMMUNICATION FOR DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5016A ECONOMICS FOR DEVELOPMENT 2: Microeconomics CW 20 SEM1
DEV-5017B ECONOMICS FOR DEVELOPMENT 3: Macroeconomics WW 20 SEM2
DEV-6001A NATURAL RESOURCES AND SUSTAINABILITY FIELD COURSE CW 20 SEM1
DEV-6013A MEDIA PRODUCTION FOR DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
DEV-6014A MIGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT CW 20 SEM1
ENV-5002B ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY MAKING CW 20 SEM2
PPLB5* Any module beginning PPLB5
PPLI5161B POWER, WEALTH AND NATIONS: GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMY CW 20 SEM2
PPLI6092B IN AND OUT: THE POLITICS OF MIGRATION CW 20 SEM2
PPLM5002A GENDER AND POWER CW 20 SEM1
PPLM5002B POLITICAL VIOLENCE & CONFLICT: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES CW 20 SEM2
PPLM6079B ACTIVIST CAMPAIGNING CW 20 SEM2
PPLX5064A WESTERN POLITICAL THOUGHT CW 20 SEM1
PPLX5159B POWER AND SOCIETY CW 20 SEM2
PPLX6083B CAPITALISM AND ITS CRITICS WW 20 SEM2
PPLX6098B DISTRIBUTIVE JUSTICE CW 20 SEM2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level l ABB or BBB with an A in the Extended Project
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points
  • Scottish Highers AAABB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BCC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 3 subjects at H2, 3 subjects at H3
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3
  • BTEC DDM. Excludes BTEC Public Services, BTEC Uniformed Services and BTEC Business Administration.
  • European Baccalaureate 75%

Entry Requirement

If you do not meet the academic requirements for direct entry, you may be interested in one of our Foundation Year programmes:

BA Geography and International Development with a Foundation Year

BA International Development with a Foundation Year

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

INTO UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

International Foundation in Business, Economics, Society and Culture (for Year 1 entry to UEA)

International Foundation in Humanities and Law (for Year 1 entry to UEA)

International Foundation in Mathematics and Actuarial Sciences (for Year 1 entry to UEA)

International Foundation in Pharmacy, Health and Life Sciences (for Year 1 entry to UEA)

International Foundation in Physical Sciences and Engineering (for Year 1 entry to UEA)

International Year One in International Development with Media (for Year 2 entry to UEA)

Interviews

Most applicants will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some applicants an interview will be requested. Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry on your UCAS application.

Intakes

The annual intake is in September each year.

Alternative Qualifications

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

GCSE Offer

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.

Course Open To

UK and Overseas applicants.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support 

Tuition Fees 

Information on tuition fees can be found here: 

 

 

Scholarships

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.  

 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates. 

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 application 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 is sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges. 

 

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14. 

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