Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Power and Inequality in the Third World
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Mutually Exclusive
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 18 x 1 hour
Seminars / Tutorials 8 Hours. (8 x 1 hour)


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 2,500 word essay  40%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   (1 x 2 hour exam)  60%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hour Written Exam  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to.
1.Analyze how knowledge and power interconnect and how they are linked to inequality.
2. Assess the differences and similarities of colonial experiences in Latin America and Africa.
3. Evaluate the legacies of colonialism in the First and Third Worlds.
4. Discuss and interrogate the ideas underpinning notions of development.
5. Critically assess the impact of attempts to encourage development in the Third World.
6. Analyze the politics of ideas like 'liberal democracy' and 'corruption' and their implications for policy practice.
7. Evaluate the political importance and impact of social movements.
8. Identify and analyze gendered and racialised dynamics of inequality in Third World politics.

Brief description

This course introduces students to key political and social issues which condition the place of the 'Third World' in politics. Following a theoretical grounding, the module will explore three key topics – colonialism, development and democracy – through a series of readings and exercises which will challenge accepted stereotypes and intellectual assumptions. Issues of race and gender will be integrated within these topics. The module will encourage students to think critically about their studies, their opinoins and their actions.


Lectures and Seminars:

Theorizing the 'Third World'
1. What is the 'Third World' anyway?
2. Thinking about the 'Third World' – whose knowledge?

Seminar 1: Real People in Real Places
3. Thinking about Race
4. Thinking about Gender

Seminar 2: Race, Sex and Gender Colonialism
5. Colonialism in Latin America
6. Colonialism in Africa

Seminar 3: Colonial Experiences
7. Colonialism and Europe
8. Decolonization (?)

Seminar 4: Colonial Legacies Development
9. The Idea of Development
10. The Development 'Third World'

Seminar 5: Live aid, dead aid?
11. Sustainability – Development and the Environment
12. Do we need development?

Seminar 6: Modern Missionaries? Development NGOs Democracy
13. Liberal Democratic Model
14. Trouble with Corruption

Seminar 7: Desirable Democracies
15. People Power: social movements and participation
16. People Power: social movements in practice

Seminar 8: Grassroots movements and democracy

17. What should we do about global inequality? participatory lecture
18. Knowledge, assumptions and the struggle from below

Transferable skills

Study skills will be taught to students by active participation in seminars, backed by a web-based curriculum on the Departmental intranet (Intranet Skills Resource). Four main topics will be covered: sources (printed and web-based); seminars and small group work; essays; examinations. The skills teaching will be practical and geared to the tasks which students encounter during their studies, and as such they will be linked into the module'r academic content and to student assessment. As such, seminar tutors will engage in skills teaching as and when appropriate to that particular group, rather than employing a rigid regime. Thus discussions about group work might take place early-on, discussion of sources might occur throughout the module while the topic of essay writing would take place closer to the deadline. The less structured approach to skills teaching will be backed up by the Intranet Skills Resource which will feature notes on various skills topics, a reading list plus links to other College resources (such as Information Services) and to pre-existing skills sites available on the web. It should be noted that the Department has tried many strategies to teach skills, but the results have been disappointing, and it is hoped that incorporating these into the student'r daily academic routine will prove effective.

Students will have the opportunity to develop, practice and test a wide range of transferable skills which will help them to understand, conceptualise and evaluate examples and ideas. Throughout the course, students should practice and enhance their reading, comprehension and thinking skills, as well as basic numeracy skills and self management skills. In lectures students will develop listening and note taking skills, as well as analytical skills. In seminars students will enhance their analytical skills and will practice listening, explaining and debating skills, as well as team work and problem solving. Essay writing will encourage students to practice their independent research, writing and IT skills, and the examination will test these skills under time constraint conditions.


This module is at CQFW Level 4