Development in the International Political Economy

  • Summer schools
  • Department of International Relations
  • Application code SS-IR207
  • Starting 2018

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.

Session: Three
Dates: 30 July - 17 August 2018
Lecturer: Professor Tim Forsyth


Programme details

Key facts

Level: 200 level. Read more information on levels in our FAQs

Fees:  Please see Fees and payments

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: One examination and one essay

Typical credit**: 3-4 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)

*Assessment is optional

**You will need to check with your home institution

For more information on exams and credit, read Teaching and assessment


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

Programme structure

The course will 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.

Course outcomes

Students will gain a comprehensive introduction to International Development as discussed in national and international politics.


With a vibrant research culture, the LSE Department of International Relations is one of the oldest and largest in the world, and remains a leading world centre for the development of the subject. Its reputation for international excellence was recognised in the most recent National Research Assessment Exercise when the International Relations and Government Departments, received one of the highest rankings.               

On this three week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE.

Reading materials

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

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