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What is this Structured Elective about?
The Structured Elective in Development Studies provides students with an in-depth exploration of key concepts, theories, and issues surrounding global development. This interdisciplinary course covers a wide range of topics, including economic development, social development, political development, and environmental sustainability. It delves into theories such as modernization theory, dependency theory, sustainable development, and post-development perspectives. Students engage with specific areas of development, such as poverty and inequality, globalization and its impacts, gender and development, sustainable development goals, and the roles of international organizations. Through lectures, seminars, and assignments, students develop critical thinking skills and gain a comprehensive understanding of the complexities and challenges of development. The elective aims to empower students to analyse, question, and contribute to sustainable and equitable development efforts locally, nationally, and globally.

Why should I take this Structured Elective?
Taking the Structured Elective in Development Studies offers several compelling reasons. If you are interested in gaining a comprehensive understanding of the complex issues surrounding global development, this elective provides an ideal platform. It equips you with knowledge and skills to critically analyse various forms of inequality globally and empowers you to contribute to social change. The emphasis on participatory learning fosters active engagement, while the supportive and stimulating environment encourages the sharpening of analytical and critical thinking skills. By connecting with like-minded individuals passionate about social justice, you'll have the opportunity to collaborate and exchange ideas. Moreover, the innovative
assessment methods employed across modules ensure an engaging and enjoyable learning experience.

How would this Structured Elective benefit me?
The Structured Elective in Development Studies offers several benefits to students. By undertaking this elective, you have the opportunity to enhance your understanding of contemporary issues in international development, complementing your main area of study. Whether you are considering a career or further studies in fields such as equality studies, international development, human rights law, or community development, this elective will provide valuable knowledge and skills. You will deepen your understanding of significant societal challenges and gain theoretical and conceptual tools to address inequality and injustice. Additionally, completing this Structured Elective will enhance your analytical and critical thinking skills, as well as your communication abilities, which are valuable assets in various professional and academic pursuits.

How do I take the modules in this Structured Elective?

  • To earn this Structured Elective, you must take the specified modules in or after 2023/24 as Electives and not as Core or Option modules.
  • Over the course of your undergraduate studies,  you will have the opportunity to take elective modules in each year of your programme, so if you wish to undertake this Structured Elective in Development Studies, you must ensure that at least 15 credits of your elective choices are from the list of modules below. It is recommended that the level 1 module is taken before the level 2 modules, and that at least one of the level 2 modules is taken before any of the level 3 modules.
  • Students who successfully complete 15 credits in Development Studies will have this automatically noted on their final UCD degree transcript. The transcript will state that you have completed 'Structured Elective in Development Studies’, in addition to your main degree subjects.
  Module Title Credits
Select 15 credits from: POL10120 Foundations in Global Development 5
  DEV20010 Topics in International Development
  DEV20130 Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 5
  INRL30340 International Political Economy 10
  POL30820 Political Risk and Foreign Direct Investment 10 

Module list updated July 2023

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