Religions and Development


Religions continue to play a vital role in the societies of many developing countries, which has multiple implications for development efforts. 

Topics covered

The vital role religion plays has been increasingly recognised by many development agencies who now seek to collaborate with religious actors. In development studies this has led to the emergence of a number of research projects and publications. This module explores this field from the angles of theory and practice. It provides a historical overview and insight into the most salient issues in religions and development, as well as applying these historical and systematic perspectives to concrete case studies from Africa and Asia.


  • Five written online activities (30% of the module mark)
  • 5,000 word essay (70%).