Postgraduate Course: Governance, Development and Poverty in Africa (PGSP11327)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
||Availability||Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Home subject area||Postgrad (School of Social and Political Studies)
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||African states are often characterized as dysfunctional or failing to deliver public services and uphold the rule of law. Drawing on the academic literature and empirical research the course examines key issues linked to governance including the implementation of development policies, food security, corruption and the expansion of criminal networks in Africa. The course situates the debates on good governance, development and poverty alleviation in their historical, social and political context to enable students to critically engage with development in theory and practice.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?||No
Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1)
||Learn enabled: Yes
|Course Start Date
|Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info)
|No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|* Familiarity with academic and policy debates about governance and the postcolonial state in the context of development in Sub-Saharan Africa.
* Ability to contextualise these theories against the historical background and debates about contemporary Africa and its place in the world.
* Understanding of the importance of academic analyses of development and poverty in Africa for work in international development.
|The course is assessed by one short essay (maximum 1000 words - counting 25%) and one long essay (maximum 3000 words - counting 75%).|
||Week 1: Outline and introduction
Week 2: Historical background I
Week 3: Historical background II
Week 4: Key Concepts I: Governance and governing
Week 5: Key Concepts II: Unpacking projects and the development interface
Week 6: Innovative learning week
Week 7: Governance failures and famines I
Week 8: Governance failures and famines II: Case study
Week 9: Corruption and public services
Week 10: Lawlessness and transnational criminal networks
Week 11: Final discussion
||Ake, C. 1996. 'The Development Paradigm and its Politics', in Democracy and Development in Africa.
Blundo, G. and J.-P. Olivier de Sardan, eds. 2006. Everyday Corruption and the State.
Bush, R. 2007. Poverty and Neoliberalism: Persistence and Reproduction in the Global South.
Cooper, F. and R. Packard, eds. 1997. International Development the Social Sciences: Essays on the History and Politics of Knowledge.
Ferguson, J. 2006. Global Shadows: Africa in the Neoliberal World Order.
Long, N. 2001. Development Sociology: Actor Perspectives.
|Course organiser||Dr Gerhard Anders
Tel: (0131 6)51 3178
|Course secretary||Ms Jessica Barton
Tel: (0131 6)51 1659
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