This course focuses on understanding international development. It is split into two main sections.

The first section introduces three key themes: powers and agency, scale, and history (PASH). These themes are explored through two case study cities, Detroit and Shanghai.

The second section looks at programmes to promote livelihoods among low-income people, giving you an opportunity to critically reflect on these interventions.

Course Curriculum

Introduction to Understanding international development 00:05:00
1 Key themes: PASH 00:05:00
1.1 Framing international development 00:00:00
1.2 Understanding PASH using case studies and spray diagrams 00:00:00
1.2.1 How to draw a spray diagram 00:00:00
1.2.2 Issues of power and agency 00:00:00
1.2.3 Issues of scale 00:00:00
1.2.4 Issues of history 00:00:00
2 Interventions to promote livelihoods 00:00:00
2.1 Interventions to promote livelihoods 00:00:00
2.2 Micro-credit 00:00:00
2.3 Cash transfers 00:00:00
Conclusion 00:00:00

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  1. No flash videos appear?


    I can’t access the flash video even after installing an android flash player? Can someone help?

  2. 4

    This is a very good course. I find interesting the pros and cons of cash transfer vs micro credit. It is indeed a fresh perspective.



    the course is nice but the admin of the page and site is not even able to guide one to get the course completion certificate. Itried a lot to get the certificate i did not succeed. And the admin has no answer to my problem. Is there any one who knows this.

    • Hi
      This course does not have a completion certificate. All courses that have a certificate or badge will show this on the course home page.
      We are sorry you did not notice this when exploring the course.
      Kind regards

  4. certificate of completion


    I just want to ask about the possibility of obtaining a certificate of completion after finishing the course?

  5. Understanding International Development


    I have worked in international development for 5 years and have been on a bit of a break. This has been a good solid base as I look to get back to it. I have enjoyed the individual units and the information. The only issue I have is that the videos didn’t play for me at all so I missed out on some of it.
    Overall, I enjoyed it and gives me a newish thoughts on something I love.



    very nice but i need certificate this course


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