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Postgraduate Course: Society and Development (PGGE11050)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaPostgraduate Courses (School of GeoSciences) Other subject areaPostgrad (School of Social and Political Studies)
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course provides a theoretical foundation for understanding the relationships between development and society. It is intended to give a general, working knowledge of where 'development' has been, where it is going, and why it has encountered so many problems along the way. The overwhelming objective of this course is to think about what it means to do development, as opposed to learning how to do development. The importance of theory in shaping development is emphasised, as is an exploration of the intersection between social justice and economic growth.

The course begins with a brief introduction to the history of development thought, beginning in the 1970s. This background is vital for understanding how development thinking has been shaped over the past forty years and why people continue to try to formulate new understandings of the processes through which development proceeds. This provides us with a foundation for some of the core questions we will ask throughout the course, namely, what is development? Can we foster development, and if so, how?

Equipped with this foundation, we critically examine the following issues; the State and development, neo-liberalism and market approaches, privatisation and property rights, migration, urban development, participation, gender and development, and the so-called 'emerging' development powers. We also explore approaches to development such as fair-trade, micro-credit, indigenous knowledge and the sustainable livelihoods framework. Learning will occur through a mix of lectures and seminars.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Acquire advanced skills for developing a reasoned arguments by evaluating, interpreting and providing a critique of complex evidence;

2. Understand the relationship between theory and practice, both in a 'development' context and in the formulation and conduct of academic research;

3. Begin to develop an appropriate academic writing style and method;

4. Learn to critique and comment on development-and-society (and development-and-environment) scholarship, both in the written word and in conversation.
Assessment Information
10% -- 300 word abstract + bibliography of essay topic
90% -- 3,000 word essay
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Recommended Texts
Crush, J. (ed.) (1995) Power of Development
Hansen, T. B. and F. Stepputat (2001). States of Imagination: ethnographic explorations of the postcolonial state. Durham and London, Duke University Press.
Hettne, B. (1995) Development theory and the three worlds : towards an international political economy of development, 2nd edition
Jessop, B. (2007). State power: A strategic-relational approach. Cambridge, Polity Press.
Li, Tania Murray (2007) The Will to Improve. Durham, Duke Univ Press.
Nederveen Pieterse J. (2001) Development Theory. Deconstructions/Reconstructions
Peet, R. and E. Hartwick (2009) Theories of Development. Contentions, Arguments, Alternatives
Tsing, Anna (2005) Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection. Princeton, Princeton Univ Press.

Useful 'Readers'on Development (short overviews of core topics, authors, thinkers)
Clark, D.A. (ed.) (2006) The Elgar Companion to Development Studies
Corbridge, S. (ed.) (1995) Development Studies. A Reader
Desai, V. and R.B. Potter (ed.) (2002) The Companion to Development Studies
Sachs, W. (ed.) (1992) The Development Dictionary. A Guide to Knowledge as Power
Simon, D. (2005) Fifty Key Thinkers on Development

Key Journals (all available electronically)
Agrarian Change
Development and Change
Development Policy Review
Journal of Development Studies
Journal of International Development
Journal of Peasant Studies
Oxford Development Studies
Economic and Political Weekly
Studies in Comparative International Development
Third World Quarterly
World Development

Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsPGGE11050 Development, society, economies, poverty, policy
Course organiserDr Samantha Staddon
Course secretaryMs Rachel Chisholm
Tel: (0131 6)50 2572
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