131.707 Development Research Design (30 credits)

An examination of research methods and ethical issues and their application in development studies.

Details Details

  • Year: 2017
  • Mode: Distance
  • Semester: Semester Two full semester
  • Location: N/A
  • Coordinator: Dr Rochelle Stewart-Withers
  • Subject: Development Studies
  • College: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Online component Details

  • Online component: Partially Taught Online - As part of the course is taught online, Broadband access is required. In addition to accessing the Course Guide, students will be required to access core and supplementary digital study resources, contribute to discussion fora and complete online activities and assessment tasks. Core study resources that can be published in print will be supplied to the students who request them. Learn more about Stream, our online learning environment.

Requirements Requirements help

Note: You may enrol in a postgraduate course (that is a 700-, 800- or 900-level course) if you meet the prerequisites for that course and have been admitted to a qualification which lists the course in its schedule.

Special notes

  • Both Block and Contact Workshops are taught together


  • Start Date: Monday 17 July, 2017
  • End date: Wednesday 15 November, 2017

Withdrawal dates Requirements help

The last day to withdraw from this course:

  • Without financial penalty: Monday 31 July, 2017
  • Without academic penalty: Monday 16 October, 2017

Contact workshops/block courses

Delivery mode Venue Start date End date Attendance
In Person Manawatu Campus Tuesday 8 August, 2017 Friday 11 August, 2017 Recommended

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Course fees for 2017

  • Domestic Students: NZD $2,056.45 *
  • International Students NZD $6,890.00 *

* This fee information is for estimation purposes only and includes New Zealand Goods and Services Tax. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. The estimate does not include non-tuition fees. To view an estimate showing both tuition and non-tuition fees use the Fees Calculator. These fees only apply 2017 enrolments.

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

  1. Review literature in relation to a particular Development Studies-related topic.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical issues involved in research in Development Studies.
  3. Prepare a research proposal which demonstrates the interrelationships between the Development Studies-related topic, epistemology, theoretical perspective, methodology, methods and ethics.
  4. Apply research knowledge and skills and examine a particular Development Studies-related topic.

Please note: Learning Outcomes are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.


During this course, the following assessments will contribute to your final mark.

Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting Note
1 Exercise 4 30.0%
2 Plan/Proposal, Research 1,2,3 30.0%
3 Report 1,4 40.0%

Please note: Assessment weightings are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.

* Specific dates for assessments will be finalised in information provided on Stream at the start of the Course.

Completion requirements

All assessment compulsory


It is recommended that textbooks are purchased no sooner than 7 weeks prior to the semester start date as textbooks can be subject to change.

    Author: O'LEARY
    ISBN: 9781446258972
    Edition: 2010
    Publisher: Sage, London

Highly Recommended
  • Development Fieldwork: A Practical Guide
    Author: Scheyvens, R (Ed)
    Edition: 2nd Edition (2014)
    Publisher: Sage, London

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