POLS6007A/B International Development and Public Policy
Course Code: POLS6007A/B
Course Tutor: Niheer Dasandi (Department of Political Science)
Length: One term (Autumn and Spring Term)
Teaching: 20 hours lectures/seminars
Assessment: Two 2,000 word essays (40/60%)
Credits: 0.5 course units, 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS)
About this course
This course deals with the theory, concepts, history, and current governance problems of international development; the emphasis is on the politics of economic development.
The course will examine how the developed industrialised world has interacted with the poorer majority world. The main objective of the course is to introduce students to a range of contemporary issues in international development. The course will take a critical and political economy approach to the processes of economic development, emphasising the interaction of politics with the economy, as well as society and culture.
Students will be introduced to the different strands of development theory and the debates between these different strands. It will also focus upon the way these different theoretical approaches have shaped development relations, processes, institutions, and policies. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the concept of development and the history of the concept as well as its relation to the material processes of development. Over the duration of the course, students will learn to critically apply different theoretical perspectives on development to a range of contemporary issues for global public policy.