Social Sciences (Development) (R23-DEV) at Open University - UCAS

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Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Social Sciences (Development) (R23-DEV)

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Course summary

This is one of several specialist routes available in our BA (Honours) Social Sciences (R23) degree. You’ll be empowered to tackle global inequalities by fostering the comprehension of interconnections among global, regional, national, and local processes of social change. You’ll take a critical approach to real-world issues, delving into policies, programs, and practices. By recognising the complexity of global inequalities, the Development route integrates diverse disciplines such as economics, sociology, politics, and geography, enriching your understanding of complex challenges and their resolution. Key features of the course

  • Specialise in development within a broad interdisciplinary social science degree.
  • Develop expertise on global inequalities by engaging with the global, regional, national, and local dynamics of change.
  • Study the consequences of international policies, programs, and practices for global inequalities.
  • Develop an interdisciplinary approach addressing economics, sociology, politics, and geography.


This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits. You'll begin with a broad introductory module covering key concepts and theories in the social sciences and addressing topics from criminology, economics, geography, politics and international studies, and sociology. You’ll progress to explore important global challenges: the climate crisis, legacies of colonialism and enslavement, and digital technology. You’ll also investigate how social science helps us understand those challenges and how you can respond to them as an active citizen. At Stage 2 you'll explore how the social world is being transformed by the internet and digital technology. You’ll also develop a critical perspective to apply to real-world problems and policies, programs, and practices. You’ll begin Stage 3 by choosing from a range of social science modules and complete your degree by developing a better understanding of the interconnections between global, regional, national, and local change processes.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £21816 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £20952 Whole course
Scotland £7128 Whole course
Northern Ireland £6954 Whole course
Wales £7872 Whole course
EU £22416 Whole course
International £22416 Whole course
Channel Islands £22416 Whole course

Additional fee information

Fee information is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2025. Fees typically increase annually.
Social Sciences (Development) (R23-DEV) at Open University - UCAS