Faculty of Arts


Undertaking Development Research


The aim of this course is to deepen students’ understanding of the purpose of research in development and equip them with the methodical and analytical skills of conducting their own research project. The course aims to provide students with an overview of all phases of development research, from the design and theoretical framing of research, ethical considerations, methods employed for data collection, data coding and data analysis (including software tools) through to writing development research. The course examines the way in which theory shapes research methodology and introduces a variety of methods and tools for qualitative and mixed-method development research.

By the end of this semester, students should know:

  • Key theoretical arguments used in framing different research approaches in development studies
  • The importance of ethics in research, and how to assess the potential impact of development research on research participants and the broader communities
  • How to draw on a suite of methods and tools appropriate for their research data collection and analysis
  • How to write development research for a specific audience

 By the end of this semester, students should be able to think critically about development research and be able to:

  • Understand quality criteria in development research
  • Evaluate research from an ethical perspective
  • Skilfully choose and employ a range of strategies and methods for data collection, analysis and writing 

Availability 2021

Semester 1


Lecturer(s) Dr Jesse Hession Grayman


DEVELOP 712: 15.0 points

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