Global Development

Why are some countries rich and others poor, and how can it be that so many people in the world are suffering from poverty, lack of education, lack of clean water, disease and war and conflict, while at the same time others in the world lives live of relative ease and comfort?

What if anything should and can rich and poor countries do to help the plight of the poorest, and is it actually possible for global humanity to manage and control the various global challenges we face – not only the immediate problems of poverty, hunger and disease, war and conflict, but human rights abuses and international migration, terrorism and other global crimes, and the environmental crisis?

Page under construction and it probs won’t be completed until some time in May 2017….


The Optimist View of Globalisation

The Pessimist View of Globalisation

The Transformationalist View of Globalisation

The Traditionalist View of Globalisation

Defining and Measuring Development

Defining Development – detailed class notes covering an introduction to the concepts of ‘development’ and ‘underdevelopment, exploring commonly used categorisations of countries such as more developed, newly industrialised and the least developed countries. This post also explores the cold-war origins of the concepts of first, second and third worlds and Eduardo Galeano’s criticisms of the supposed superiority of western capitalist-industrialist models of ‘development’.

Economic indicators of development

The United States – an underdeveloped country?

The Human Development Index

The Millennium Development Goals – what were the Millennium Development Goals, how did they measure development, and how much progress was made up to 2015?

Theories of development 

Modernisation Theory

Dependency Theory

Evaluate explanations of development and underdevelopment put forward by dependency theorists – essay plan

World Systems Theory


The consequences of neoliberalism in India – a summary of aspects of Arundhati Roy’s ‘Capitalism: A Ghost Story’

Post-Development Perspectives

People Centred Development

Why Nations Fail – A summary of a recent book which gives an alernative explanation to the above ‘standard’ theories of underdevelopment.

Sustainable Development

Aid, Trade and Development

Arguments for Trade as a Strategy for Development

Arguments against Trade as a Strategy for Development

Arguments for Official Development Aid

Criticisms of Official Development Aid

The role of international organisations in development

The World Bank – a brief overview of how it aims to promote development

Evidence of the negative impacts Transnational Corporations have on Development

The New Rulers of the World – summary of the documentary by John Pilger, which seems to be a pretty unambiguous dependency theory perspective on the role of the World Bank, the IMF, and Transnational Corporations in globalisation. The video focuses especially on their role in underdevelopment in Indonesia.

Education, Employment, Health and Development

Education as a Strategy for International Development

As a final word to teachers of A Level Sociology – I’m gonna put this out there – Global Development offers you the only chance on the whole syllabus to actually teach proper, contemporary sociology, rather than A-Levelled sociology. You should give it a go.