Development Studies looks at the issues, problems and policy options facing the developing world. These include inequality, poverty, hunger and wellbeing. The University is a leading centre for development research in the UK and you'll be taught by academics who are active in this field. The Development Studies pathway of the BA(Hons) Economic and Social Studies degree - or BA(Econ) for short - provides you with an interdisciplinary approach to studying Development. Units on this course are taught by experts from across the School of Social Sciences - Economics, Politics, Sociology, Social Anthropology and Social Statistics - and provide a rich and coherent basis for understanding the processes and possible solutions to the problems of development. This flexible degree allows you the freedom to select the subjects that you find the most interesting and relevant. The following pathways all share a common first year. Economics (L100), Economics & Politics (LL12), Economics & Sociology (LL13), Economics & Philosophy (LV15) and Development Studies (L900). After your first year you can apply to switch to a different pathway. `I prefer the politics and development aspects of Economics, so this course really suited me.' Tom McCann BA Econ, Development Studies student.