265. Theories of Development


This Sociology Factsheet will look at the main Theories of Development. It will explore competing theories about why some countries are rich and others are poor. The Factsheet includes Exam Hints to help you to use your knowledge to gain maximum marks, while the activities give you the opportunity to apply what you have learned and will help you develop your knowledge and skills in this area.

Words in bold are explained in the glossary and a reference list is included at the end of the Factsheet.

The examiner will expect you to be able to:

  • Explain, analyse and compare theoretical explanations of development and underdevelopment: modernisation theory, dependency theory, neo-liberalism, and post-development theory.
  • Evaluate theoretical explanations to draw conclusions about development and underdevelopment.
  • Apply the main theoretical explanations to further topics within the Global Development unit.
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Publication Date

January 2023


ISSN: 1351-5136

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