International development

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Assignment. 2500 word essay (70% of module mark).

Critically compare and contrast two sets of development theories choosing from:

• growth and linear-stages theories;
• structural-change models;
• international dependence revolution;
• neoclassical counterrevolution.

You should consider the following:

• the origins and context of the theories
• the main concepts and ideas of the theories
• the main policy prescriptions of the theories
• main pros and cons and critiques of the theories
• similarities and differences between the theories

Please note that this piece of work should be written in the form of a discursive essay and is NOT a report.


• Some readings for your Assignment have been placed in the Assignment Readings Folder on the module Vital page. Please note, students are expected to do wider reading to receive high grades.

• The guidance on the essay structure, layout and word count can be found in the in the UG Study Skills Handbook 2016_2017 (pp. 29-34) added to the Assignment Readings Folder on Vital.

Please note that Assignment Briefing will be within lectures (see schedule) and will not take place out of lecture time. It is therefore imperative that you attend lectures.

Students are reminded that the following important information is published in the ULMS Undergraduate Student Handbook, available on-line at:

The information includes advice on:

• How to reference your work
• Lateness penalties
• What to do if you require an extension
• The marking criteria that will be used for this module
• Re-sits.

This coursework requires online submission ONLY. You must submit a soft copy of your assignment via Turnitin, which is a plagiarism and collusion detection system. If you do not submit to Turnitin your work will not be marked.

To submit via Turnitin, you go to the assessment area for the module on VITAL and you will find a link for the coursework. Click on View/Complete and then on the “submit” icon for the paper. You are then prompted to submit a title for the paper. Use the “browse” button to locate the file you want to submit then click “submit”. You will then be asked to confirm that you want to submit by clicking the “Yes, submit” button.

Extensions (without penalty) for the late submission of coursework will not normally be granted for Undergraduate students (the exception will be for any student who has a pre-agreed disability support statement.) Students may submit assessed coursework late, normally within three weeks of the submission date, unless feedback has been provided to the cohort within that time (in which case, students will need to submit a mitigating circumstances form for consideration by the Mitigating Circumstances Committee at the end of the semester). If the student feels the late submission was due to reasons beyond their control – for example because of medical or other exceptional grounds – they will have the right to request that any lateness penalty is lifted. This request will be considered by the ULMS Undergraduate Mitigating Circumstances Committee, NOT by the Module Leader or Director of Studies.

To request that the lateness penalty be lifted the student must complete a ‘Removal of Late Submission Penalty’ form – available from the Student Support Centre, Room GE46 – and return it at the same time as the coursework is submitted. Supporting evidence such as medical certificates should be provided as soon as possible. If the work is handed in within three weeks of the deadline, it should still be marked but will be subject to the standard University penalty of 5 percentage marks per day up to five working days. Work submitted beyond five working days will receive a mark of zero.

Students will be informed of the outcome of their request within approximately 3-4 weeks of full submission of the form and evidence. They will not be allowed to submit coursework once feedback on any coursework has been provided.

No extensions can be granted (for students with support plans) or penalties removed without completion of the ‘Removal of Late Submission Penalty’ form. No informal arrangements can be made with individual module leaders.

No assessed coursework submitted beyond three weeks will be accepted and any such work should be treated as a non-submission. If the student believes that this non-submission is due to circumstances beyond their control, they should complete a mitigating circumstances form.

Please note, Section 1.4 of the Code of Practice Appendix M 2014-15 states the following:

In the case of continuously assessed coursework (as opposed to examinations), where a student experiences illness or other serious mitigating circumstances around the time of a submission deadline, and can support such a claim with independent documentary evidence, the deadline may be extended and a new submission date agreed in accordance with normal Departmental procedures. If, however, this is not possible, either because of the student’s circumstances or for academic or logistical reasons, a case for consideration of mitigating circumstances in relation to the missed assessment may be submitted (see also section 8.2 below).

This wording of this process within the Code of Practice should be disregarded at Undergraduate level – Undergraduate students can no longer request an extension in the traditional way, and the ULMS Undergraduate procedures should be adhered to. The process has been agreed by the Faculty of HSS and in effect provides an opportunity for Undergraduate students to have extra time to produce coursework via a new process that is consistent across the Faculty.

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