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IR207: Development in the International Political Economy

Session: Two
Prerequisites: At least one introductory course in either social science (e.g. political science, international relations, sociology, economics), history or law

Professor Tim Forsyth

The course is an introduction to International Development. It examines the politics and the institutional framework of social and economic development. For developing countries, the national and international contexts interact to set constraints on development and determine possible avenues of growth. Specific issues like economic growth, international debt, aid, poverty and environment are increasingly a matter of negotiation amongst domestic interest groups and interaction between government and international institutions.

The course will also look at the impact of economic globalisation, international trade, and the emerging role of civil society and international investment in development. The inter-connection between economic development and social and political issues like democratisation, governance, poverty, human rights, gender, famine, environmental issues, climate change and armed conflict is examined, as well as the role of international organisations such as the World Bank, the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation.

V. Desai and R. Potter (eds), The Companion to Development Studies, (2nd edition), London: Hodder (2008).

Additional readings from more advanced journals and book chapters will be recommended as well.  

Lectures: 36 hours    Classes: 12 hours
Assessment: Written work and one written examination