Undergraduate Course: Theory and Practice of Law and Development (LAWS10237)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||What, if anything, is development - and what role does law play in its theories and practices? To answer these questions, we will
- study the history and evolution of some of the major economic theories of development, and
- look at the ideas about law embedded in these theories and the way they have been put into practice.
What, if anything, is development - and what role does law play in its theories and practices? To answer these questions, we will
- study the history and evolution of some of the major economic theories of development, their translation into diverse political and social policies, and the traces and legacies they have left behind in today¿s development thinking.
- look at the ideas about law embedded in these theories and the way they have been put into practice. In particular, we will explore the role of law and institutions in the creation of markets and the allocation of capital and power.
The course will cover
- theories of development, and ideas about law implicit in them
- the intellectual history of development
- the evolving role of law in that history
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Students will be assessed by an essay (90%) and class participation (10%).
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Students will be able to place economic development in historical perspective. You will also gain some understanding of the way economic and social theory is translated into policy and then into implementing legal institutions, along with the range of political and social choices embedded in these processes.
- Students will learn how to engage with complex areas of law and how to analyse complex arguments on the topic of the course.
- Students will gain an ability to engage in contemporary debates involving the subject-matter of the course. An ability to formulate opinions on complex materials as well as articulate their point of view
|Banerjee A and Duflo E, Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty (Reprint edition, PublicAffairs 2012)|
Cypher J, The Process of Economic Development (4th edition, Routledge 2014)
Haan A de, How the Aid Industry Works: An Introduction to International Development (Kumarian Press 2009)
Kleinfeld R, Advancing the Rule of Law Abroad: Next Generation Reform (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 2012)
Lewis D and Mosse D (eds), Development Brokers and Translators¿: The Ethnography of Aid and Agencies (Kumarian Press 2006)
Trubek DM and Santos A (eds), The New Law and Economic Development: A Critical Appraisal (Cambridge University Press 2006)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Skills in making arguments about desirable legal arrangements in development contexts
|Course organiser||Dr Deval Desai
Tel: (0131 6)51 4309
|Course secretary||Miss Susie Morgan
Tel: (0131 6)50 2339