An Introduction to Key Issues in Development Studies An Introduction to Key Issues in Development Studies

Doing Research in the Social Sciences &

An Introduction to Key Issues in Development Studies

Tokyo, Japan

2 May 2018 - Doing Research in the Social Sciences Day 1

3 May 2018 - Doing Research in the Social Sciences Day 2

4 May 2018 - An Introduction to Key Issues in Development Studies Day 1

5 May 2018 - An Introduction to Key Issues in Development Studies Day 2

6 May 2018 - An Introduction to Key Issues in Development Studies Day 3


Taught by Dr Lucio Esposito, from the world renowned
School of International Development, University of East Anglia.

Dr Lucio Esposito is Associate Professor in the School of International Development, University of East Anglia. His ground-breaking research spans the fields of International and Sustainable Development, Economics, Sociology, Philosophy, Psychology, Politics and Anthropology.

Lucio’s expertise covers a number of themes, including economic development, education, literacy, gender, economic inequality, welfare, international poverty, distributive justice, comparative cross-country studies, quality of life, sustainable growth and health.

He has been advisor for the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the UK Department for International Development, Research Foundation Flanders and the Japan International Cooperation Agency, and has collaborated with a number of publishers including Routledge, Palgrave McMillan and around 40 leading International Academic Journals in the areas of International Development, Economics, Business, Econometrics, Philosophy and Human Geography.

He carries out both theoretical and empirical research employing quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods and using secondary and primary data collected in 16 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. He is Director of the MA in International Development and of the BA in International Development with Economics.


Doing Research in the Social Sciences

What is this course about?

The ability to critically analyse reality and understand social dynamics is increasingly acknowledged as a key factor for success in education, employment and business.

This course provides intensive training in social science research. It is theoretically rigorous and at the same time very practical, problem-solving oriented and applied to real-life research puzzles.

Students will develop an in-depth understanding of research theory and practice, as well as a critical awareness of the key issues in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research.

We will cover the main stages of the research journey, including the ability to appraise existing research products, identify research gaps, formulate sound research questions, develop an effective research design, choose the right methods, do fieldwork and carry out accurate analysis of primary or secondary data – all in consideration of the main principles of research ethics.

Course Aims

  • To offer compact and comprehensive training which addresses the key elements of social science research, including assumptions, theoretical framework, sources of biases, use of empirical evidence, sampling, data collection and analysis, identification of causality, assessment of validity, etc.
  • To develop a critically oriented mind set in course participants, which will guide them in the evaluation of existing research (e.g. academic research, evidence informing socioeconomic policies, empirical reports), in the writing of research proposals as well as in the production innovative research in the social sciences.
  • To equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge for a solid understanding of the main approaches to social science research, an appreciation of their strengths and weaknesses, a familiarity with the best research practices and an awareness of limitations and common mistakes in research.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to recognise the key components of research products, and will develop a critical approach to the evaluation of the accuracy, validity and robustness of research carried out in the social sciences.
  • Students will develop the ability to identify research puzzles and formulate specific and sound research questions which can inform successful research.
  • Students will gain a strong understanding of the key approaches to research, ranging from inductive to deductive research, spanning through qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodologies and covering primary and secondary data research.
  • Students will be able to select which research designs and which methods are appropriate to answer different types of research questions.
  • Students will develop an awareness of the challenges posed by the identification of causality, and will be able to evaluate causality claims and impact evaluation in social science research.
  • Students will become familiar with the different stages in the research process, will be exposed to epistemological debates in social science research, will understand research ethics and will be provided with the necessary knowledge for carrying out data collection and analysis.

Course Structure

The course will be over 2 days, with 6 contact hours per day which will include lectures, practical sessions, seminars and a research proposal writing workshop. On the first day students will be provided with the material to be used during the course, so that they will be able to familiarise themselves with the content. Students enrolled in the course who are currently producing research outputs or writing research proposals will be able to send Dr Esposito their work and receive guidance and feedback.

Course Program

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An Introduction To Key Issues In Development Studies

What is this course about?

This course is intended to provide a friendly but solid and comprehensive introduction to the field of Development Studies.

In this course we will see the way in which Development Studies explores the complex interrelations between society, the economy and the environment by adopting a highly multidisciplinary approach to topics such as poverty, education, literacy, media, gender, climate change, inequality, economic growth, cosmopolitan justice, media, evaluation of development programs, etc.

We consider the importance of understanding the historical context when trying to make sense of current development challenges and review major themes which are relevant for development

Course Aims

  • To introduce a range of social, economic, historical, environmental, political, and geographical themes that are key to understand international development within the context of contemporary global change.
  • To review different explanations for the origins and persistence of poverty, inequality, illiteracy, gender discrimination, etc.
  • To explore the complexity of current development debates by adopting a critical approach to the most salient issues in international development.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to understand the concept of international development and identify the long-term processes which hindered progress in many regions of the world.
  • Students will develop an awareness of the main theoretical as well as pragmatic approaches to international development which have been proposed and adopted since the post-war period.
  • Students will gain valuable knowledge of the causes and of the recent trends in the major issues which affect the developing regions, ranging from poverty to illiteracy, gender gaps, global epidemics, international aid, environmental challenges and role of media.
  • Students will become familiar with concrete case studies of problems affecting developing areas and will be supported in evaluating possible strategies to overcome these problems.
  • Students’ critical thinking about development issues will be encouraged, and enhanced by insider perspectives on the lecturer’s own research findings, in particular in the areas of poverty, inequality, education, literacy, gender, health and social justice.

Course Structure

The course will be over 3 days, with 6 contact hours per day which will include lectures, seminars, interactive sessions and practical exercises. On the first day students will be provided with the material to be used during the course, so that they will be able to familiarise with the content in advance.

Course Program

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Requirements
There are no formal academic requirements for acceptance on to the course although students must have a strong interest in the subject.

The course will be taught entirely in the English language, so students should have an intermediate level of English or a minimum of IELTS 5.5.

No formal proof of language level is required. Staff will assess an individual's language capability before they are formally admitted.

For students who are planning future study at the University of East Anglia, the School of International Development Admissions team would look favourably upon applicants who have completed this introductory course as a demonstration of their commitment to the study of the subject.

This course would be especially suitable for students who do not currently hold development qualifications or have any prior experience in the development field. For admission to all degree programmes at the University of East Anglia, students would still need to hold the pre-requisite qualifications and English language level.

For more information about the degree courses available in the School of International Development, please visit our webpages

Cost

The cost of the course (inclusive of all tuition and course materials) will be ¥80,000 for the whole course or ¥17,000 per day. UEA offer holders recieve a 20% discount.

Further information

For more information please contact either:
SI-UK Education Council Tokyo, 5th Floor, Boulevard Bldg, Jinnan 1-16-3, Shibuya, Tokyo, 150-0041

Web: www.ukeducation.jp | Email: tokyo@ukeducation.jp | Tel: +81 (0) 3 5272 9143

or

Ms Tracey Hearn, Country Development Manager, Admissions, Recruitment and Marketing, University of East Anglia

Email: tracey.hearn@uea.ac.uk | Tel: +44 (0)1603 592110