Development Studies should have a room for your courses of choice. You’re interest lies somewhere out of your realm. Other’s culture always seems to fascinate you. And so is with religion, demography, geography, and so on.
Considering this field entails absorbing what else lies default in its context: the incessant research, tapping two or more disciplines in sequential or simultaneous fashion, evaluating your accessed resources, and considering what all these will mean to your studies’ subject – the developing countries.
Developing countries, eh?
Yes, it’s one of the obvious reasons why Development studies are named as such. The focus is on a wide number of states considered to be on their developing phase. The assignment of such term, ‘developing countries,’ to these states is not without criticism.
Perhaps, it would be useful to read the United Nation’s rationale behind the term. Adding more spice, prospective students should also consider perusing those references that soundly express its criticisms. At the end, you are left to do your own evaluation: is the term appropriate or not?
You may want to know that way before you choose Development Studies. Or, you may want to take it as your goal in officially entering such studies at the university.
Social & Economic Development
Apart from the subject what specific fields does Development Studies endeavour to touch. As was mentioned, there is no definitive subject – it spans across disciplines, thus its popular association: multidisciplinary.
However, a study devoid of core fields may be basked in ambiguity; hence, it is better to spell out these two: social and economic development. There with that said, Development Studies can be linked back to an umbrella field (which happens to be multidisciplinary, as well) – social science.
Its economic development, on the other hand, is a manifestation of its trace, as the field of Development Studies came as an offspring of an economic branch, called development economics. For complete information regarding this transition, refer to Uma Kothari’s book entitled, “A Radical History of Development Studies: Individuals, Institutions and Ideologies.”
The UN, World Bank, NGOs, et cetera
So at the end of this attempt, you may precede to ask: What does a Development Studies graduate do afterwards?
Much of that depends on how you fare. If the study provides an avenue for further research, you may prod on to research centres, or research units for institutions like the United Nations, World Bank – provided that you’re besotted with research.
On the other hand, the skills to connect across varied states outside yours may render you ready to fit in an international organisation, or the government’s international unit agencies. The same can be said for international business firms.
Inclined to do research
Among the number of skills you’re expected to possess after the Development Studies, the research skill is the most lauded. More than the ability to obtain access to quality and widely-recognised sources, a Development student is expected to be sharp at evaluating such resources and able to interpret each of its contextual clues.