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IR207: Development in the International Political Economy

International Relations

Course Content

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.


Currie-Alder, B., Kanbur, R., Malone, D. and Medhora, R. (eds), International Development: Ideas, Experience, and Prospects. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2014).

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

*A more detailed reading list will be supplied prior to the start of the programme

**Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice



Session: Two

Dates: 27th July – 14th August 2015

Lecturer: Professor Tim Forsyth|

Level: 200 level |

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

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: One essay and one written examination

Typical credit**: 3 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)


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