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World Development AS/A Level at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

Why choose World Development?
World Development explores the problems associated with economic growth and population pressures and how these have led to the depletion of the world’s natural resources. Through evaluating evidence from a range of global case studies, you will consider whether the earth’s resources can accommodate a fixed population capacity. You will also look at the ways in which poverty has been created within the more and the less developed world, examining specific social groups and their experiences of inequality, as well as considering the strategies employed to address these problems.

You will study a range of issues such as Apartheid in South Africa, deprivation amongst teenage mothers in the UK and gender inequalities in Bangladesh. You will also explore the different types of aid and the effectiveness of each,  considering the Trade Not Aid debate and the views of those who believe aid to the less developed world should be reduced rather than increased. In addition, you will evaluate the importance of values and attitudes in understanding different views about development and poverty, formulating your own informed opinions and judgments.

What will I study?
Unit 1 - Development, resources and global citizenship
Unit 2 - Poverty and inequality
Unit 3 - Perspectives of development plus one from economic development or political development or social development
Unit 4 - Individual investigation

What can I study it with?
World Development can be usefully combined with any other subject, although it most strongly complements Geography, History, Economics, Environmental Studies and Politics.

Career opportunities
The understanding of the modern world acquired through the study of development issues enables entry to a wide range of university courses and careers, such as International Relations, Politics, Human Geography, Economics, Urban and Regional Planning, International Development, Environmental Change and Sustainability and others. The University of Sussex, University of East Anglia (UEA), Kings College, London (KCL) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London are widely recognised as providing the best degree courses in this subject.

Course content

At least 5 GCSE grades A*- C, including:

Grade C in English Language and Grade C in Mathematics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darwen Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 February 2015
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  • Start date: Next September