131.707 Development Research Design (30 credits)

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

Details Details

  • Year: 2018
  • 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 16 July, 2018
  • End date: Sunday 18 November, 2018

Withdrawal dates Requirements help

The last day to withdraw from this course:

  • Without financial penalty: Monday 30 July, 2018
  • Without academic penalty: Monday 15 October, 2018

Contact workshops/block courses

Delivery mode Venue Start date End date Attendance
In Person Manawatu Campus Monday 6 August, 2018 Wednesday 8 August, 2018 Recommended

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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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