Development Studies vs Development Management vs International Development Watch

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Could anyone summarise what the difference is between Development Studies, Development Management and International Development? I want to study in 2018 and I'm looking at multiple universities who offer 2/3 most times but I'm a bit lost as to what the major difference is.

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(Original post by IngridBeya)
Hi,

Could anyone summarise what the difference is between Development Studies, Development Management and International Development? I want to study in 2018 and I'm looking at multiple universities who offer 2/3 most times but I'm a bit lost as to what the major difference is.

Thanks in advance
It's impossible to define a degree by name alone; so much depends on the university and the module options. Sometimes degrees can have different names but the module content be very similar, and vice versa. You need to look carefully at the structure of each degree to find possible differences.
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Could anyone summarise what the difference is between Development Studies, Development Management and International Development? I want to study in 2018 and I'm looking at multiple universities who offer 2/3 most times but I'm a bit lost as to what the major difference is.

Thanks in advance
Is this for undergrad?
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Impossible to tell unless we know what specific courses you're talking about. It should all be explained on the course web pages, really.

Development Management will focus more on the technical/logistical/administrative side of things; stuff that you need to know for a career 'in the field'. DevStud and International Development, depending on where you go, are likely to be more academic and more critical of the (several, incredibly problematic) assumptions behind the idea of 'development', and do an excellent job of bursting the bubbles of starry-eyed undergrads who want to swoop into Mozambique and 'save' people. Highly recommended.
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Development studies and international development are very similar - for example SOAS has development studies and its almost the same thing as international development at sussex. Im going for International Development and NGO management at UEL because its more practically focused on development rather than the history behind it all and theory. I also prefer coursework over exams so went for a course that reflected this. which uni is a really good site to compare
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Hi,

Could anyone summarise what the difference is between Development Studies, Development Management and International Development? I want to study in 2018 and I'm looking at multiple universities who offer 2/3 most times but I'm a bit lost as to what the major difference is.

Thanks in advance
Hi,

I'm a current International Development student at the University of Bath, so although I don't know what other courses will be like, I can give you some insight on mine - which I hope you will find helpful.

My course is based quite a lot on theory, and as another poster commented, questioning assumptions on what development is. There are practical elements, but it is less concerned with logistics and more concerned with 're-thinking development'. However, units are available which look more at the practical side of development, as well as a Year 3 research trip abroad (South Africa for 2018) which students can elect to go on.

I also do a minor in economics as part of my degree, and have some crossover units. In first year, I had 'Development Microeconomics' where the only assessment was a market study. Each student identified a specific market in one country and looked both into the logistics of it, and also applied economic theory, so there is some variety on the practical vs. theory front. We also study previous market crashes and other such events for economics, applying theory to them to aid our understanding.

If you have any questions about Bath or I.D. in general, feel free to quote me.

Hollie

International Development with Economics - 2nd Year
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Development Management could also be synomymous with Institutional Economics, looking at political institutions in government and society and how they affect the development of countries.
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