Brighton, United Kingdom

Global Development Challenges

when 27 June 2022 - 15 July 2022
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 15 EC
fee GBP 2420

his module is designed to teach you about the different dimensions of key global development challenges and possible solutions. You will learn how problems are defined, measured and recorded - looking at international development processes to understand how responses are determined across scales, from the global to the local.

Experts in the field will present interactive lectures and workshops on each challenge and corresponding innovations. Challenges examined might include: Poverty and Inequality, Food and Agriculture, Climate and Environment, Natural Resource Extraction, and Global Health Challenges.

On the module, you will develop an in-depth understanding of specific responses to the global development challenges and will draw on multi-media resources and your own creativity to explore: (1) how responses are developed and by whom; (2) how they are financed and communicated; (3) how support is mobilised; and, (4) different ways to measure and think about their success or failure.

You will be asked to demonstrate critical reflection on the politics and processes that underlie different development challenges. To do this, you will be guided to read academic and policy literature, and reflect and engage with this in your own writing.

The module is both ‘solutions focused’ and interactive, and you will have the chance to work in groups throughout as you reflect collectively on how you would address particular challenges and work creatively to identify innovative responses. You will also have the opportunity to present and discuss this work in your groups at the end the module.

The University of Sussex is ranked first in the world for Development Studies – (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021). This ranking reflects the quality, impact and range of international development research and courses offered across the Sussex campus – including in the School of Global Studies, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and Centre for International Education (CIE).

Target group

This module is ideal for those with a Geography, Politics, Anthropology, Sociology, International Relations, or Law background - or indeed anyone with an interest in social sciences and a passion for key issues facing our world today.

Course aim

- Develop a critical understanding of key development challenges

- Demonstrate a capacity to critically reflect on the politics and processes that underpin responses to development challenges

- Engage effectively and creatively in collaborative activities with others to achieve common goals that reflect the potential needs of future employers

- Demonstrate good writing skills that showcase the student’s ability to be reflexive and to engage with academic and policy literature.

Credits info

15 EC
All our modules have been formally approved for 15 Sussex credits; equivalent to 7.5 ECTS or 3-4 US credits. This means that your study at Sussex over the summer can count towards your degree.

Sussex modules are accepted for transfer credit towards degrees at most colleges and universities. But policies and degree requirements vary, so you should obtain approval for transfer of module credit before you apply.

Please consult with your study abroad advisor before choosing your modules to ensure you are able to transfer any credit you need.

Fee info

GBP 2420: The full cost of one 3-week Undergraduate Summer School session will be £2420. If you wish to study for both sessions then you can do so.

This is made up of:

Tuition fees of £1655 per session include:

- All teaching and assessment for one module of study. Where field trips or course excursions are required then the cost of this is included in the tuition fee, however travel costs may be required
- A minimum of 150 study hours, with a minimum of 40 hours class/teaching contact hours
- Modules formally approved for 15 Sussex credits, equivalent to 7.5 ECTS or 3 – 4 US credits
- A transcript of studies upon successful completion of the module (including meeting all attendance and assessment requirements).

The accommodation and campus programme fee of £765 per session include:

- Your own bedroom in on-campus East Slope student village. These are a mixture of en-suite flats and standard flats with shared facilities
- Bedding pack of duvet and duvet cover, sheet, towel, pillow and pillowcase
- Programme of free campus social events and activities throughout each session. Excursions and social programme trips will be provided on Fridays and weekends.


If you are applying from one of our partner institutions, you will be entitled to a reduction in tuition fees. Please contact your study abroad office or for more information.