Module: International Rural Development

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Dr Richard Baines
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    40 hours

Module content

This module evaluates development paradigms and strategies ranging from missionaries and technical-sectoral assistance, through differing extension landscapes, to people centred development and participatory approaches. In considering these paradigms, the moral and ethical aspects of development and the application of sustainability principles will be explored through team and individual case studies.

The module also applies project management skills through professional workshops and exercises that will explore the key skills required being an effective development practitioner. A team project allows project management skills to be practiced and honed; through a team competitive tendering exercise.

CPD workshops explore professional development to show how agricultural and rural development policies may be put into practice. These workshops will include:

  • Leadership in Agricultural and Rural Development (1 day)
  • Agricultural and Rural Extension strategies (1 day).
  • Agricultural Business & Sources of Finance for Development (1 day)

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Define models and strategies of development in relation to their ability to embrace, and deliver, sustainability concepts and the aspirations of stakeholders.
  2. Work effectively within a team environment in order to implement the key stages in project life cycle from initial proposal, through to completion and review
  3. Critically evaluate approaches to community extension and stakeholder participation and develop a development proposal in response to an invitation to tender


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework ndividual presentation 30%
Coursework Team project, Devising and costing a development project (competitive tendering exercise). 60%
Coursework Moral Dilemma - Development advice including ethical considerations (case study – Tucano Indians) 10%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of the following:

  • Connor R and Dovers S (2004) Institutional Change for Sustainable Development. Edward Elgar publishing
  • IIED (2001) The future is now: for the UN world summit on sustainable development. International Institute for Environment and Development
  • RYDIN, Y. (1996). The Environmental Impact of Land and Property Management. John Wiley
  • BLOWERS, A. (1993). Planning for a Sustainable Environment. Earthscan
  • BERKES, F. (Ed). (1989). Common Property Resources: Ecology and Community Based Sustainable Development. Belhaven
  • ADAMS, W. (1990).  Green Development: Environment and Sustainability in the Third World. Routledge   
  • WELLS, D. T. (1996).  Environmental Policy: A Global Perspective for the Twenty-First Century. Prentice Hall
  • GARDNER, B.  (1996).  European Agriculture: Policies, Production and Trade.  Routledge
  • Dalal-Clayton B and Bass S (2002) Sustainable Development Strategies: a resource book. Earthscan Publications
  • Lundsgaard, E (2011) Africa toward 2030 : challenges for development policy. Palgrave Macmillan
  • OECD (2003) Agricultural and rural development policies in the Baltic countries. Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • World Bank (2011) Africa Development Indicators 2011 World Bank Publications. (African Development Indicators).
  • BULLER, H. and HOGGART, K. (eds.) (2001) Agricultural transformation, food and environment: perspectives on European rural policy and planning - volume 1 Ashgate Publishing.
  • COOPER, J. (ed.) (2005) Global agricultural policy reform and trade: environmental gains and losses Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • NORTON, R.D. (2003) Agricultural development policy: concepts and experiences John Wiley & Sons.
  • IVERA, W.M. and QAMAR, M.K. (2003) Agricultural extension, rural development and the food security challenge Food and Agriculture Organization.
  • Moss, T.J. (2007) African Development. Lynne Reinner Publishers Inc, London.
  • Severino, J.M. and Ray, O. (2011) Africa’s Moment. Polity Press, Cambridge.
  • Bigg, T. (2004). Survival for a Small Planet: The Sustainable Development Agenda. Earthscan Publications.
  • Bruce, A. and Langdon, K. (2000). Project Management. Doring Kindersley. ISBN 0-7513-2793-X.

Supporting texts