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Free Online Course on Critical Development Perspectives

University of Queensland (UQ) is offering free online course on Critical Development Perspectives. In this course applicants will learn the in-demand leadership skills needed to advance their career in international development.

International Development aims to reduce poverty and improve the living standards, health and quality of life for those in developing countries. The course will start on August 18, 2017

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Course At A Glance

Length: 10 weeks
Effort: 10-12 hours pw
Subject: Social Sciences
Institution: University of Queensland (UQ) and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $150
Session: Course starts on August 18, 2017

Providers‡ Details

The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, is one of the world‡s premier teaching and research institutions. Striving for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge UQ ranks in the top 50 Universities as measured by the QS World University Rankings. UQ is one of only three Australian members of the global Universitas 21 and a founding member of the Group of Eight (Go8) universities. UQ is recognised for its world standard specialised research and teaching excellence; having won more Australian Awards for University Teaching than any other in the country.

About This Course

There are many approaches and perspectives about what is most important within the development sector. Some practitioners argue that basic water and sanitation is essential to good development, others push for women‡s economic empowerment. Others still believe that good governance and institutions are the driving factor to sustainable development.

Why Take This Course?

In this development studies course, you will engage with contemporary debates and gain new perspectives on what it means to be a leader in development. By gaining a good understanding of the different challenges facing development workers across the globe, you will be able to lead more effectively across sectors and organizations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Skills to critically review and apply development literature to local contexts and problems
  • To recognise the current understandings and practice in key areas of global development
  • To identify current controversies and challenges in global development
  • To appreciate how evidence is used for decision-making or priority-setting in global development


Mark Moran

Mark Moran is the Professor and Chair of Development Effectiveness at the University of Queensland‡s Institute for Social Science Research.

Erin Lord-Lynch

Erin Lord-Lynch is a researcher working with the Institute for Social Science Research at The University of Queensland.


Participants should have experience, or a strong interest in working in development. While not compulsory, it is recommended that learners have completed a bachelor degree in a relevant discipline.

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