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Undergraduate Course: International Political Economy of Development (PLIT10126)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces students to the international political economy of development. We will consider the challenges and opportunities facing low- and middle-income developing countries to increase the living standards of their citizens in the context of globalization and climate change.
Course description This course introduces students to the international political economy of development. We will consider the challenges and opportunities facing low- and middle-income developing countries to increase the living standards of their citizens in the context of globalization and climate change. The module will cover essential topics in the study of international development, including theories of development, inequality and wealth, globalization, the global division of labour, sustainable development, and the role of donor and recipient governments, multilateral institutions, private sector and civil society in the process of development.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have passed courses in International Relations, International Political Economy and/or (PLIT10018) or Global Security (PLIT10094) or have the course organiser's agreement that they have completed equivalent courses.

Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Evaluate key terms such as development, neoliberalism and globalization and explain the conceptual differences between development theory and development practice.
  2. Develop expertise about specific international development issues by conducting research on a topic and presenting this research.
  3. Understand core academic debates surrounding international development.
  4. Differentiate the role of donor and recipient governments, multilateral institutions, the private sector and civil society organizations in the politics and process of development
  5. Present - in written and verbal form - coherent, balanced arguments about important political and economic topics.
Reading List
1. Philip McMichael (2016). Development and Social Change: A Global Perspective (6th edition), Los Angeles: SAGE Publications.
2. Ha-Joon Chang (2002). Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective, Anthem Press.
3. Tom Burgis (2016) The Looting Machine: Warlords, Tycoons, Smugglers and the Systematic Theft of Africa┐s Wealth, Harper Collins.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills In-depth knowledge of theories and practices of international development and their impacts on the world economy and global politics.
Critical thinking and analytical skills.
Advanced research skills.
Effective written and oral communication skills.
Global citizenship.
Keywordspolitics,development,economy
Contacts
Course organiserDr Matias Margulis
Tel: (0131 6)51 1311
Email: matias.margulis@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Siobhan Carroll
Tel: (0131 6)50 3079
Email: siobhan.carroll@ed.ac.uk
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