Undergraduate Course: International Political Economy of Development (PLIT10126)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||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.
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)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting 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
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Evaluate key terms such as development, neoliberalism and globalization and explain the conceptual differences between development theory and development practice.
- Develop expertise about specific international development issues by conducting research on a topic and presenting this research.
- Understand core academic debates surrounding international development.
- Differentiate the role of donor and recipient governments, multilateral institutions, the private sector and civil society organizations in the politics and process of development
- Present - in written and verbal form - coherent, balanced arguments about important political and economic topics.
|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.
|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.
|Course organiser||Dr Matias Margulis
Tel: (0131 6)51 1311
|Course secretary||Ms Siobhan Carroll
Tel: (0131 6)50 3079