DV424      Half Unit
International Institutions and Late Development

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Kenneth Shadlen CON.7.08


This course is available on the CEMS Exchange, IMEX Exchange, MPA in International Development, MSc in African Development, MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Global Politics, MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies, MSc in Management, MSc in Management (CEMS MIM), MSc in Management (CEMS MIM), MSc in Management (MiM Exchange), MSc in Media, Communication and Development, MSc in Political Economy of Late Development and MiM Exchange. This course is not available as an outside option.

Please note that in case of over-subscription to this course priority will be given to students from the Department of International Development and its joint degrees (where their regulations permit). DV423 is not a prerequisite for this course, students have the option of taking both courses or either. 

Course content

This course examines the politics of the international economy. We analyse the overarching rules and regulations that structure the international economy, and thereby provide context for development policy; and we assess the role of a range of actors (e.g. governments, firms, non-state actors) in shaping and reshaping the international economic order. We are particularly interested in understanding the ways that developing countries respond to and participate in international regimes and organisations, and how changes in global economic governance affect opportunities for economic development. 


22 hours of lectures and 13 hours and 30 minutes of seminars in the LT.

This includes a 2 hour revision session in the LT.

Formative coursework

Students have an opportunity to submit written work for formative assessment. Details of the exercise will be announced early in the term.

Indicative reading

A detailed reading list is presented at the beginning of term.


Exam (60%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (40%, 4000 words) in the ST.

Student performance results

(2012/13 - 2014/15 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 24.4
Merit 60.6
Pass 14
Fail 1

Key facts

Department: International Development

Total students 2015/16: 38

Average class size 2015/16: 12

Controlled access 2015/16: Yes

Lecture capture used 2015/16: Yes (LT)

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills