Development studies is a multi-disciplinary social science which studies the principles and processes governing structural and qualitative changes in the way society functions which increase its capacity to accomplish its objectives. In the broadest terms applicable to all societies and historical periods, development studies is concerned with the upward directional movement of society characterized by greater levels of energy, efficiency, quality, productivity, complexity, comprehension, creativity, mastery, enjoyment and accomplishment.
Each field of social science views the overall development of society in relation to changes within its respective field. Development science seeks to identify the underlying laws, processes and stages common to all fields and expressions of developmental change.
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