DV442 Half Unit
Key Issues in Development Studies
This information is for the 2018/19 session.
Dr Elliott Green CON.8.07
and other ID staff
This course is compulsory on the MSc in Health and International Development and MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies. This course is available on the MSc in African Development, MSc in Anthropology and Development, MSc in Anthropology and Development Management, MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Environment and Development, MSc in Political Economy of Late Development, MSc in Urban Policy (LSE and Sciences Po) and MSc in Urbanisation and Development. This course is not available as an outside option.
This course provides an overview of the key issues and debates in international development. It features lectures on subjects such as conflict, poverty, aid, inequality, health, demography and democratisation, among other topics.
20 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the MT. 1 hour and 30 minutes of lectures in the ST.
There will be a reading week in Week 6.
Students will give at least one class presentation, and submit one formative essay of 2000 words.
The following are recommended basic readings for the course:
A. Deaton, The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality (Princeton University Press, 2013)
D. Acemoglu and J. Robinson, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty (Profile, 2012)
A Sen, Development as Freedom (Anchor, 1999)
Exam (75%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
Essay (25%, 2000 words) in the LT.
Student performance results
(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)
|Classification||% of students|
Department: International Development
Total students 2017/18: 104
Average class size 2017/18: 13
Controlled access 2017/18: Yes
Lecture capture used 2017/18: Yes (MT)
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving