AP3ID1-Overseas Study Experience for BSc International Development

Module Provider: School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Eleanor Fisher

Email: e.fisher@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

FOR BSc INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT STUDENTS ONLY. THE MODULE IS TAKEN AT THE END OF THE SUMMER TERM OF PART 2 ONLY. An experience of studying abroad for up to 3 weeks at the Mbarara University of Science & Technology (MUST) in Uganda. The aim of the module is to expose students to the policy and practice of international development, while ensuring an immersive experience of living and studying in sub-Saharan Africa.

Please Note: Before enrolling on this module you must check with the module convenor regarding availability as the course will only run if sufficient numbers enrol. The cost of this trip will be approximately £2,000 per student and a £500 deposit is required upon registration.

•To develop skills for generating an in-depth country case study, linking an understanding of development policy context to the complexity of development practice.
•To be based at a university in a developing country with opportunity to be taught by in-country staff and interact with local students.
•To undertake in-country field visits to a conservation area, a refugee settlement, farm, and development organisation (visits may be subject to change with substitution of commensurate alternatives).
•To provide an opportunity to develop self-awareness of cultural difference in the context of career decision making, knowledge of the career opportunities and the skills needed to enhance employability in international development sector.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this module, students should be able to:
•Provide an in-depth analysis of development policy and practice as applied to a specific country.
•Identify and explain the interrelationship between local and national development processes.
•Provide illustrative examples of country-specific development opportunities and constraints.
•Elaborate on a thematic area (society and planning, economics and business, environment, food systems and security) and relationship to development processes within a specific country.

Additional outcomes:
Students develop teamwork skills through the sampling and analysis of data in small group situations. The module encourages communication skills through the use of oral presentations and discussions in front of the module class. Students advance their international development training by compiling a case study that incorporates elements on police, practice and thematic issues appropriate to a developing country context; in addition gain confidence of working in an international environment by living and studying in an African country.

Outline content:
Students will be based at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda, and have the scope to develop a detailed country case study focusing on a thematic area (with options from themes related to ‘society’, ‘economics and business’, ‘environment’, and ‘food systems and security’. During the course of the visit the students will undertake a field-based placement in small groups, this will provide an opportunity to apply quantitative and/or qualitative methodological skills learned as part of 2nd year compulsory modules at Reading.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Preparation for the field visit will take place in Reading when students will be introduced to how they can develop a case study and provided with introductory lectures and reading material.
Class-room based guided learning will take place in the overseas institution, led by local academic staff. Further to this ideas will be developed through the use of discussion and exercises. Each student will have the opportunity to undertake a field-based visits in-country, working with a local organisation to collect data, conduct analysis and draw conclusions.

The contact hours are indicative only.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 4 4 10
Practicals classes and workshops 15
Fieldwork 15
External visits 12
Guided independent study 10 130
Total hours by term 4.00 14.00 182.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 90
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
Oral assessment and presentation10%
Reflective log-book30%
Case study report60%

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By coursework.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    1) Required text books: 2) Specialist equipment or materials: As specified by the module convenor 3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: Students require appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear including sturdy shoes/walking boots, waterproof coat, and as specified by module convenor etc. 4) Printing and binding: 5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: 6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: Included in the cost of the field trip (approx. £2000)

    Last updated: 11 May 2018


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