United Kingdom, Brighton

Culture, Social Change and Development

when 20 June 2016 - 14 July 2016
duration 4 weeks
credits 7.5 ECTS
fee GBP 1520

This module examines how development practices are embedded in cultural contexts. You explore the theoretical debates and how these inform orientations and interactions ‘on the ground’ and the relationship between development and religious and ethnic identities. We examine and critically discuss the questions of power and cultural relativism, who and what determines the course developmental interventions take, the cultural notions that inform development organisations and practitioners, how culture informs the way they operate and the repercussions of outcomes. You explore and debate the gender roles in development. You finish the module by focusing on migration and development and looking at the era of ‘post development’ and how cultural critiques invigorate debate on the nature of development and the contested meanings of culture.

Course leader

Samantha Syiem-Clark

Target group

The University of Sussex International Summer School welcomes applicants from a wide range of educational backgrounds. Although most of you will be currently enrolled at a university or college, we also welcome applicants who have been away from education for some years, as well as highly committed senior high school students - for some courses a good general education, an open mind and lots of enthusiasm are the main qualifications. For some other courses you will see that prerequisites are listed - applicants for these courses are expected to submit transcripts to demonstrate that they have taken, or are currently taking, the necessary precursors.

Course aim

The International Summer School provides an opportunity to meet and study with people from different countries and cultures, on a cosmopolitan campus. The large range of courses on offer allows you to get ahead with credit in core courses, or simply to experiment with something new.

Credits info

7.5 ECTS
Summer School courses carry 15 credits and last for four weeks. Since the standard annual load for a Sussex student is 120 credits, this means that each course is equivalent to four semester hours or seven and a half ECTS credits. Students can take only one course per session, as the courses are intensive. You can expect to spend 30 to 45 hours each week on your course between attending classes, labs and workshops, as well as time spent outside class preparing the readings and assignments. You can find information about the courses offered by the International Summer School through our course directory or courses by subject pages of our website.

Fee info

GBP 1520: Tuition only (one four week sessions)
GBP 2820: Tuition only (both four week ISS sessions)


The University of Sussex offers a limited number of scholarships for participation in the ISS in the form of partial fee waivers to students from developing countries who have high potential for future leadership in their field of study or career.