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Critical Development Perspectives

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11 weeks
375 USD
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11 weeks
375 USD
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Course description

Critical Development Perspectives

This course is part of the Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters program. In order to get the most out of this course, we recommend that you have experience working in the development sector or a strong interest in this area. We also recommend that you complete the other three courses that make up the Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters program: Leaders in Global Development, The Science and Practice of Sustainable Development, and Adaptive Leadership in Development.

There is a vast array of different arguments about what development is and how development can be achieved. A leader in development must be able to understand, appreciate, evaluate and broker between differing and sometimes conflicting perspectives and ideas.

In this course you will develop skills in critical thinking and analysis, while being introduced to some of the contemporary debates and current challenges facing development practice. The wide variety of topics covered will also give you a sense of the diversity of issues that development encapsulates. Learners are encouraged to reflect on their own ideas and practice, and share their perspectives with other learners and the course team.

Each module in the course focuses on a contemporary topic in the development field. Within each module you will engage with key readings that argue different perspectives on the same topic. Interviews with the author complement these readings.

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  • English

Who should attend?


Participants should have experience, or a strong interest in working in development. While not compulsory, it is recommended that learners have completed a bachelor degree in a relevant discipline.

Training content

  • Sustainable development
  • South-South development cooperation
  • Gender, faith and development
  • The military in development
  • Elites in development
  • Downward accountability in governance
  • Input subsidies for food security
  • Microfinance
  • Impact measurement for development
  • Indigenous people 's inequality and disadvantage

Course delivery details

This course is offered through The University of Queensland, a partner institute of EdX.

10-12 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$375
  • Audit Track - Free

Certification / Credits

What you'll learn

  • To identify the key arguments in academic papers
  • To identify different methodological and conceptual approaches to research
  • To compare and contrast different perspectives in development
  • To evaluate the merits of different arguments
  • To apply these different perspectives to practice and discuss their implications

All graded assessment will be graded and have insightful feedback for learners to further refine their new knowledge and skills.

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