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NQF credits: 14

Fourth year status‚ second semester‚ one double lecture per week.

Course Convenor : Malcolm Keswell

Entrance requirements: See admissions requirements for Honours in Economics.

Course outline:

The course will consider changes in the security environment in the post Cold War world and the changing incidence of conflict and peace and the economic consequences of violent conflict. The focus will then move on to the production of the means of conflict‚ through looking at the economics of military manpower and capital ‚ the international arms market and the arms trade. It will then review the military spending and economic development debate‚ including‚ also considering the economics of offsets. Moving the focus to conflict‚ the greed and grievance debate‚ which brought economics to the centre of the debate over what causes and sustains civil war will be reviewed. Finally‚ the particular form economies take during wars‚ and the problems of post conflict reconstruction and conflict management will then be considered. In all cases concrete real world examples will be introduced‚ with a particular focus on Africa. The research paper will allow students to focus in detail on a particular topic of interest to them.

DP requirements: None.

Assessment: Assignments‚ tests and examination count for 100%.

Last updated : 15 Jul 2015



Staff Members on this course :

A/Prof Malcolm Keswell Associate Professor

021 650 4876
Malcolm.Keswell@uct.ac.za
5.19, The School of Economics, New Building, Middle Campus.
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Research Area / Interest :
Applied microeconomics ;the dynamics of inequality;agrarian contractual structure and productivity; group-level effects on individual incentives.







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