Postgraduate Course: Politics and Theories of International Development (PGSP11240)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course presents the main social scientific theories which have underpinned international development since the 1950s. It follows the historical evolution of dominant and alternative theories which seek to explain economic, social and political transformation in developing countries over the last sixty years, critically analysing the premises upon which these theories are built. These theories emerged within complex international political contexts and we go on to explore how international, governmental and non-governmental actors and institutions engage with development theories as they seek to shape development debates and to translate theory into workable strategies and frameworks.
Week 1: Introduction: The Problem of Development
Week 2: Catch-up Theories and Modernisation
Week 3: Underdevelopment Theories
Week 4: Neoliberalism
Week 5: Developmental States
Week 6: Sustainable Development
Week 7: Poverty
Week 8: Feminist and Postcolonial Alternatives
Week 9: Rights-Based Approaches
Week 10: What Next for Development?
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1)
|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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The course is assessed by one long essay (90%) and by seminar/tutorial participation (10%)
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- familiarize themselves with the major theories of development and underdevelopment.
- situate those theories and understand them in light of the political economic contexts out of which they emerged.
- understand the ways in which theory is connected to policy and practice as well as the challenges of working in the field of international development.
- effectively analyse the theory and practice of development.
- complexity of interactions gain an understanding of the diversity and comamongst political, economic and social actors involved in development.
|Recommended Texts (most available on reserve/short loan from the HUB, Books marked 'E' also available as an e-book)|
Chambers, R. (2005) Ideas for Development. London: Earthscan.
Crush, J. (ed.) (1995) Power of Development [HD82 Pow] E
Hettne, B. (1995) Development theory and the three worlds : towards an international political economy of development, 2nd edition [HD75 Het]
McMichael, P. (2008) Development and Social Change 2nd edition [HC79.E44 Macm] 5th edition available
Nederveen Pieterse J. (2001) Development Theory.
Deconstructions/Reconstructions [HD75 Ned] E There is a 2nd edition available
Payne, A. and N. Philips (2010) Development [HD75 Pay]
Peet, R. and E. Hartwick (2009) Theories of Development. Contentions, Arguments, Alternatives [HD75 Pee]
Rapley, J. (1996) Understanding Development, [HC59.7 Rap] There is a 3rd edition available
Rist, G. (1997, 2002, 2008) The History of Development: from Western Origins to Global Faith [HD78 Ris] E
Useful ¿Readers¿ on Development (short overviews of core topics, authors, thinkers)
Clark, D.A. (ed.) (2006) The Elgar Companion to Development Studies [HD 75 Elg]
Corbridge, S. (ed.) (1995) Development Studies. A Reader [HD 75 Dev]
Desai, V. and R.B. Potter (ed.) (2002) The Companion to Development Studies [HD 82 Com]
Simon, D. (2005) Fifty Key Thinkers on Development [HD87.55 Fif] E
Key Journals (all available electronically)
Development and Change
Development Policy Review
Journal of Development Studies
Journal of International Development
Oxford Development Studies
Review of African Political Economy
Studies in Comparative International Development
Third World Quarterly
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Jose Munoz Martin
Tel: (0131 6)51 5678
|Course secretary||Ms Jessica Barton
Tel: (0131 6)51 5066
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