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30 NQF credits at HEQSF level 9

Course entry requirements: An undergraduate major in Economics and Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline. Students not registered for an Economics Masters programme will need permission from the graduate convenor.

Course outline:

This course explores key themes in development economics focussing on the relationship between state and market, governance growth. It traces the origins of development economics as ‘colonial’ economics, paying particular attention to the contribution made by Arthur Lewis with regard to and the role of savings in generating growth. We trace the evolution of the ‘development doctrine’ over the second half of the twentieth century, drawing connections between the evolving economic context and policy responses. We discuss the emergence of the ‘good governance’ agenda as part of the Washington Consensus about structural adjustment paying close attention to criticisms from scholars in other disciplines about development as an ‘anti-politics’ machine. Such concerns about governance and governmentality have shaped contemporary ‘going with the grain’ strategies in and focus on micro-level initiatives. One of the boldest micro-level initiatives in recent development history is the Millennium Development Village initiative. We consider this history in the light of evolving development economic theories about poverty traps and the Millenium Development Goal (MDG) project (2000-2015). The final part of the course focusses on the Sustainable Development Goals, asking to what extent these are an improvement on and the extent to which environmental challenges shape the development agenda today.

Lecture times: Monday, Wednesday: 11h00-12h45

DP requirements: None.

Assessment: Coursework 100%.

Last updated : 18 Apr 2018

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