DV501 Half Unit
Development History, Theory and Policy for Research Students
This information is for the 2021/22 session.
Prof James Putzel
This course is compulsory on the MRes/PhD in International Development. This course is available on the MRes/PhD in Management (Employment Relations and Human Resources) and MRes/PhD in Management (Organisational Behaviour). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
Available with the permission of the teacher responsible.
The course integrates the concepts and perspectives of a range of disciplines to consider: major trends of development and change in modern history and interpretations of them in the social sciences and contemporary economic and social theory and their bearing on the policy and practice of development. During Michaelmas Term the course critically discusses concepts of 'development' and the historical evolution of paradigms of development thinking and policy. With reference to comparative historical experience, we explore the role of states and markets in development and/underdevelopment, colonial legacies and path dependencies, and developmental states in comparative perspective. We examine the impact of pro-market reforms, globalisation and financialisation, as well the role of non-governmental organisations, social movements and challenges to the reigning development paradigm.
This course is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars in the MT. Seminars will be at or upwards of 45 minutes duration and lectures will be at or above 60 minutes duration.
Student on this course will have a reading week in Week 6.
Students will be expected to produce 2 presentations in the MT.
The following are recommended basic readings for the course:
A Kohli, State-Directed Development: Political Power and Industrialization in the Global Periphery (Cambridge, 2004).
A Sen, Development as Freedom (Anchor, 1999).
HJ Chang, Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective(Anthem, 2002).
HJ Chang, Economics: The User's Guide (Penguin, 2014)
K Gardner and D Lewis, Anthropology and Development: Challenges for the Twenty-First Century (Pluto, 2015)
D Rodrik, One Economics, Many Recipes: Globalization, Institutions, and Economic Growth (Princeton University Press, 2008)
J Ferguson, The Anti-Politics Machine: 'Development', Depoliticisation and Bureaucratic Power in Lesotho (Cambridge, 1990).
M Jerven, Poor Numbers: How we are misled about African development statistics and what to do about it (Cornell, 2013).
United Nations, “Transforming Our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” (SDGs) A/RES/70/1 (25 September 2015).
Essay (100%, 5000 words) in January.
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Department: International Development
Total students 2020/21: 6
Average class size 2020/21: 5
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills