POLS7007A/B International Development and Public Policy
Course Code: POLS7007A/B
Length: One term (students choose to attend either the Autumn or Spring Term)
Teaching: 20 hours lectures/seminars
Assessment: Essay One: One 1000 word self-reflective essay (30%)
Essay Two: One 3000 word development project design essay (70%)
Credits: 0.5 course units, 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS)
Module Level: Advanced
About this course
This course will examine how ideas about development help us understand the various ways the world is divided into rich and poor. We will critically examine the idea that the world can be understood as composed of the rich, industrialised “developed” countries (or global “North”) and the poorer “majority world” (or global “South”), and – using a critical approach to the processes of development – we will emphasize the interaction of politics with society, culture and economics.
Students will be introduced to the different strands of development theory and the debates between them. We will also focus on the way these different theoretical approaches have shaped development relations, processes, institutions, and policies. Students will gain a thorough understanding of different ideas about what development means and the history of the concept, as well as the political implications of working with different definitions of development. This will also enable us to investigate how, and in what ways, we are all personally implicated in the flows of power, goods, money and ideas that create a rich and a poor world.
We will also consider what is meant by public policy for development, how public policies come about and the range of actors who help to shape, and contest, them. 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, including aid, trade, democracy, religion, gender and the environment. By the end of the course, you will be able to identify how different theoretical approaches imply different types of development intervention and be able to design your own small development programme or project.