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Global Development Management

Development management engages with the multiple challenges of 'development' and this qualification builds up the basic capacities for managing those challenges. Building on the global agenda for sustainable development, it assumes that development management is a political and ethical process, a matter of the use of power to bring about desired goals in contexts characterised by conflicts of interests, values and agendas. You'll learn a range of skills needed by a development manager or practitioner to do with strategic thinking, research, advocacy, planning, policy making and evaluation.

Key features of the course

•Explores the complexity of 'development' locally and globally

•Critically analyses development management, challenges conventional thinking, and encourages the creation of better approaches

•Builds a range of understandings and skills – conceptual, professional, and practical – for managing development

•Promotes competence in using key tools that contribute to
development management practice

•Makes links between academic learning and professional practice, to the benefit of both

Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:

•Knowledge and understanding
•Cognitive skills
•Practical and professional skills
•Key skills

Credit transfer
You cannot count credit for study you have already completed elsewhere towards this qualification.

On completion
On successful completion of the required modules you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Global Development Management entitling you to use the letters PG Cert (G Dev Mgmt) (Open) after your name.

Entry requirements

It is recommended that you hold a UK bachelor's degree (or equivalent), or have had experience of working, in a paid or voluntary capacity, in a development agency (international or local) prior to embarking on this qualification. However, these requirements are not compulsory and you will not be required to provide any supporting documentary evidence.

Duration

How long it takes
Minimum – 9 months

Number of credits

60 Credits

Careers or further progression

Career relevance

Managers working in development contexts need the ability to appreciate the diversity and complexity of these contexts and the capacity to bring about good change. They also need the capacity to understand their own role and the roles of others in bringing about change that works. The module in this certificate provides an historical, interdisciplinary and international framework for analysing the contexts in which development interventions take place and a set of skills for planning, implementing and evaluating those interventions. They equip practitioners to make more effective contributions to the policy and practice of their organisations.

Careers and Employability Services have more information on how OU study can improve your employability.

Further enquiries

Tel: (01) 678 5399
Fax: (01) 678 5442
Email: ireland@open.ac.uk

Subjects taught

Modules

To gain this qualification, you need 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory module Credits
Global development in practice (D890) 60

You should note that the University's unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 20 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.

We regularly review our curriculum; therefore, the qualification described on this page – including its availability, its structure, and available modules – may change over time.

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