Postgraduate Course: Governance, Development and Poverty in Africa (PGSP11327)
|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||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.
Week 1: Outline and introduction
Week 2: From Government to Governance
Week 3: Good Governance
Week 4: Local Governance and twilight institutions
Week 5: Bifurcated governance and traditional authorities
No class: Innovative learning week
Week 6: Governing civil society
Week 7: Unpacking development projects
Week 8: Exploring the development interface
Week 9: Politics of the belly and corruption
Week 10: Understanding corrupt practices
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 short essay (maximum 1000 words - counting 25%) and one long essay (maximum 3000 words - counting 75%).
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- 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.
|Please check the course handbook for the latest reading list-|
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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Gerhard Anders
Tel: (0131 6)51 3178
|Course secretary||Ms Jessica Barton
Tel: (0131 6)51 5066
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