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NQF credits: 30

Fifth year status‚ first semester‚ two double lectures and one double tut per week

Course Convenor: A / Professor  Justine Burns

Entrance requirements: An undergraduate major in economics; An honours degree in social science‚ with a grade of 65% for honours in Economics or 70% for honours in any other social science; or by permission of the instructor and Head of Department

Course outline: This course will explore the interactions between economics‚ institutions and politics at both conceptual and applied levels. It will explore the tension between‚ on the one hand‚ ’best practice’ economic policy and governance prescriptions and‚ on the other‚ the practical challenge of identifying feasible ’next steps’ in concrete settings. The course wil. include lecture–style presentation and discussion of emerging concepts‚ approaches and tools‚ plus discussion–based country and sectoral case studies. The skills that this course seeks to provide to Masters students include:

  • An applied grounding in institutional economics‚ focused on the governance of the public sector‚ and of collective action.
  • Broader understanding of the political economy of growth‚ especially with regard to the design and implementation of development policies at country and sectoral level.
  • The development of critical analytical skills – with a focus on identifying cutting–edge policy questions‚ and exploring them using tools of applied field research.

DP requirements: None.

Assessment: Presentations‚ coursework and exam counts 100%.    

Last updated : 15 Jul 2015

Staff Members on this course :

Prof. Justine Burns Professor and RUBEN Director

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Research Area / Interest :
Microeconomics; labour; poverty and income distribution; rural development; institutional economics

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