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MSc Political Economy of Late Development

Intellectual Objectives

The joint MSc aims to maximise the comparative advantages of research and teaching expertise in Departments of International Development and the Economic History Department to deliver to students a high quality, integrated programme that combines in-depth analyses of historical patterns of growth, explorations of concrete development problems - and policy responses to them, and 'regional' courses that draw on theory and empirical evidence to appraise development processes and outcomes in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Teaching and Learning

The programme uses techniques of long-run growth analysis to inform modern approaches to development policy and practice. It provides an integrated, comparative assessment of current development debates, and locates them in appropriate historical and theoretical contexts. Courses consider the origin and outcomes of distinct patterns of growth in various parts of the world, and the policy responses to differing growth outcomes - and the theoretical assumptions underpinning policy interventions. The programme also seeks to explain how and when some developing economies 'converged' with industrialised countries, while the growth performance of others was more erratic, and why problems of poverty, inequality, instability and violence still characterise large parts of the world.

Student Profile

The degree offers a unique combination of courses that (i) explore conceptual approaches to development, (ii) offer empirical analyses of patterns of growth of developing economies and (iii) examine key themes in development. It is relevant for students planning a career in development work, including international and national agencies and NGOs, as well as international business. The programme also provides a good foundation for doctoral level social science research and careers in the media.

MSc Political Economy of Late Development

Full year programme. Students must take courses to the value of four full units, including the half-unit dissertation.

Paper 1  EH414| Theories, Paths and Patterns of Late Development (H)     

Paper 2  DV400| Development: History, Theory and Policy   Development: History, Theory and Policy 

Paper 3 & 4     Courses to the value of two full units, to consist of one full DV unit and one full EH unit:

DV407| Poverty (H)      
DV409| Economic Development Policy   (n/a 2014/15)
DV411| Population and Development: An Analytical Approach (H)     
DV418| African Development (H)   
DV423| Global Political Economy of Development I (H)    
DV424| International Institutions and Late Development (H)     
DV428| Managing Humanitarianism (H)     
DV442| Key Issues in Development Studies (H)   

EH404| India and the World Economy, 1750-1950 (H)      
EH408| International Migration, 1500-2000: from slavery to asylum (H) (n/a 2014/15)
EH409| Chinese Economy in Transition: 1850-1950     
EH412|  Research Topics in Economic History A (H) (n/a 14/15)      
EH413| African Economic Development in Historical Perspective (H)  
EH419| Research Topics in Economic History B (H) (n/a 14/15)    
EH423| Japan and Korea as Developing Economics (H) 
EH424| The British Economy in Global Perspective, 1000-2000 (H)   
EH446| Economic Development in East and Southeast Asia (n/a 14/15) 
EH451| Latin American Development: Political economy of growth (H)  (n/a 14/15) 
EH452|  Latin American Development and Economic History (H)      
EH466| Labour and Work in Preindustrial Europe (H) (n/a 14/15)   
EH467| Epidemics: Epidemic disease in history, 1348-2000 (H)  (n/a 14/15)    
EH486| Shipping and Sea Power in Asian Waters c1600-1860 (H)       
EH487| International Economic Institutions since World War I (H)    

Paper 5  EH491| Dissertation in the Political Economy of Late Development (H) (10,000 words on a topic that must relate to EH414|)