University of Kwazulu Natal Development Studies

University of Kwazulu Natal Development Studies

University of Kwazulu Natal Development Studies

Welcome to Development Studies & Population Studies

Development Studies and Population Studies aim to be world leaders in the study of the political economy of development and demography, and in the pursuit through research, training and activism of social and economic justice, both locally and globally.

What is Development Studies?

Development Studies addresses key economic, political and social concerns – inequality and poverty, uneven or inadequate economic growth, maldistribution of resources and institutional failures. Development Studies critically examines the role and efficacy of state policies, and interventions by other social actors, in addressing these problems. The field of Development Studies focuses especially, but not exclusively on these concerns, as they apply to developing countries.

What is Population Studies?

Population Studies is a broad social science discipline concerned with the study of human populations in relation to their size, composition and geographical distribution, the changes which occur in these over time and the factors associated with these changes. The discipline emphasises the empirical investigation of population processes, including the conceptualisation and measurement of these processes and the study of their determinants and consequences. Population studies is also concerned with the broader nature of social and economic change, and with the impact of demographic change on the natural environment. The concepts of population studies have an important role to play in understanding of social change. Population Studies is an essential component of many activities, social and market research, physical and environmental use planning, administration, and in particular people-centred development planning.

Development Studies & Population Studies

Module Choices:

All offerings are subject to change at the discretion of the Head of the School.
All of the modules listed below carry 16 credits, except where otherwise indicated.

One-year Programme (192C)

Core Modules DEVS803HC Comparative Development Problems and Policies DEVS807HC Economics of Development 1 DEVS819HC Poverty and Inequality OR DEVS823HC Social Policy DEVS821HC Research Methods 2 DEVS8SDHC Short Dissertation (96C)

Electives

Two additional module from the following list (some conditions/exclusions may apply). Alternatively, any other 16C module approved by the Academic Co-ordinator.

  • DEVS801HC Agriculture and Rural Development
  • DEVS802HC Civil Society and Development
  • DEVS804HC Demographic Methods 1
  • DEVS805HC Demographic Methods 2
  • DEVS806HC Development Management
  • DEVS808HC Economics of Development 2
  • DEVS809HC Fertility and Nuptiality
  • DEVS810HC Gender and Development (not offered in 2010)
  • DEVS811HC HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa
  • DEVS812HC Industrialisation
  • DEVS813HC Informal Economy, Globalisation and Development (not offered in 2010)
  • DEVS814HC Introduction to Population Studies
  • DEVS815HC Migration and Urbanisation
  • DEVS816HC Population and Development
  • DEVS817HC Population and Health
  • DEVS818HC Political Economy of the Welfare State
  • DEVS822HC Sexual and Reproductive Health (not offered in 2010)
  • DEVS825HC State, Institutions and Development (not offered in 2010)
  • DEVS829HC Environment and Development

MDev: Two-year Programme (320C)

Core Modules

  • DEVS803HC Comparative Development Problems and Policies
  • DEVS807HC Economics of Development 1
  • DEVS808HC Economics of Development 2
  • DEVS814HC Introduction to Population Studies
  • DEVS820HC Research Methods 1
  • DEVS821HC Research Methods 2
  • DEVS819HC Poverty and Inequality
  • DEVS823HC Social Policy
  • DEVS824HC South African Development Problems and Policies
  • DEVS8SDHC Short Dissertation (96C)

Electives
A furthersix modules chosen from available/qualifying electives. (Consult the MDev One-year Programme Electives list.) Alternatively, any other 16C modules approved by the Academic Co-ordinator.

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