DV445      Half Unit
Research Themes in International Development

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Duncan Green CON.8.03


This course is available on the MSc in African Development, MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Development Studies (Research) and MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies. This course is not available as an outside option.

This course is only available to students taking DV410 and is therefore not available as an option for students from other departments. It builds on the weekly lectures/seminars given as a component of DV410.

Course content

DV445 offers ID students the opportunity to work as a research assistant with an ID professor, and prepare a research paper under her or his supervision.

Students will produce a 5,000 word research paper supported by individual tutorials with an allocated member of staff. The DV445 essay must be a clearly distinct piece of work from the DV410 dissertation. However, the DV445 essay can be related to the dissertation topic if it constitutes a discrete piece of work.


40 hours of lectures in the MT. 20 hours of lectures in the LT.

Teaching in lectures and workshops is the same as for DV410. Individual tutorials with the supervising member of staff.

Formative coursework

The formative assessment will be a 3,000 word draft of the final assignment for discussion with the relevant member of staff.

Indicative reading

Allen T (with Melissa Parker) (2012) "Will mass drug administration eliminate lymphatic filariasis? Evidence from Northern Coastal Tanzania" Journal of Biosocial Science http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8700071&fulltextType=RA&fileId=S0021932012000466

Brett, Edwin (2009) Reconstructing development theory: international inequality, institutional reform and social emancipation. Palgrave Macmillan.

Dyson, Tim (2010) Population and development: the demographic transition. Zed Books, London, UK. ISBN 9781842779590

Faguet, Jean-Paul (2012) Governance from below: decentralization and popular democracy in Bolivia. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, USA.

Green, Duncan (2012) From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States can change the World. Oxfam, Oxford. UK ISBN9781853397417

Green, Duncan, From Poverty to Power blog, http://oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/

Keen, David (2012), Useful Enemies, Yale University Press.

Sequeira, Sandra (2013) Transport Corridors and Economic Growth in Africa: Evidence from the Maputo Corridor, World Bank, Washington DC, USA

Shadlen, Kenneth C (with Sebastian Hauss) eds (2011). Politics of Intellectual Property: Contestation over the Ownership, Use and Control of Information. Edward Elgar.

Wade, Robert Hunter (2011) “Emerging world order?: from multipolarity to multilateralism in the G20, the World Bank, and the IMF”. Politics & Society, 39 (3).


Essay (100%, 5000 words) in the ST.

Key facts

Department: International Development

Total students 2014/15: 32

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Lecture capture used 2014/15: Yes (MT & LT)

Value: Half Unit

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