Postgraduate Course: Advanced Issues in Law and Development (LAWS11427)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||What, if anything, is development and what role does law play in its theories and practices?
Building on the ¿Introduction to Law and Development¿, this course turn to the way economic theories and legal ideas emerge in some key modern battlegrounds over the nature and direction of development practice. These include security, the rule of law, and social and environmental sustainability.
The course will cover:
- Development in practice, and its legal dimensions;
- Current controversies in development.
The course will provide a mix of theoretical and practical reading from a range of disciplines, including economics, political science, anthropology, and law. No background in economic theory or development studies is required.
The course will be delivered through a series of seminars where students will be given a list of readings or research tasks in advance. They will then discuss these in class. Course presentations may also be assigned.
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)
||Formative Assessment:«br /»
Students will have the opportunity to provide a three-page outline of their final essay in week 7. Detailed feedback on the structure and content of their argument will be provided. «br /»
Summative Assessment:«br /»
The course will be assessed by an essay of 5000 words which counts for 90% of the final mark; and by class participation which counts for 10% of the final mark.
||Feedback on the formative assessment may be provided in various formats, for example, to include written, oral, video, face-to-face, whole class, or individual. The course organiser will decide which format is most appropriate in relation to the nature of the assessment.
Feedback on both formative and summative in-course assessed work will be provided in time to be of use in subsequent assessments within the course.
Feedback on the summative assessment will be provided in written form via Learn, the University of Edinburgh's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an 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;
- Master complex areas of law and analyse complex arguments on the topic of the course;
- Evidence an understanding of contemporary debates involving the subject-matter of the course;
- Clearly formulate opinions on complex materials as well as clearly and convincingly articulate their point of view.
|- Amsden AH, The Rise of ¿The Rest¿: Challenges to the West from Late-Industrializing Economies (Oxford University Press, USA 2003)|
- Benton L, Law and Colonial Cultures: Legal Regimes in World History, 1400-1900 (Cambridge University Press 2002)
- Call CT (ed), Constructing Justice and Security after War (United States Institute of Peace 2007)
- Dezalay Y and Garth B, The Internationalization of Palace Wars: Lawyers, Economists, and the Contest to Transform Latin American States (University of Chicago Press 2002)
- Dobson WJ, The Dictator¿s Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy (Reprint edition, Anchor 2013)
- Foucault M, Abnormal: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1974-1975 (Picador 2007)
- Hirschman AO, Development Projects Observed (Brookings Institution Press 2014)
- Kleinfeld R, Advancing the Rule of Law Abroad: Next Generation Reform (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 2012)
- Mamdani M, Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism (Princeton University Press 2018)
- North DC, Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance (Cambridge University Press 1990)
- Polanyi K, The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time (2 edition, Beacon Press 2001)
- Sen A, Development as Freedom (Reprint edition, Anchor 2000)
- Soto HD, The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else (Reprint, Basic Books 2003)
- Trubek DM and Santos A (eds), The New Law and Economic Development: A Critical Appraisal (Cambridge University Press 2006)
- World Bank, World Development Reports (World Bank, various)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Skills and abilities in Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
- Demonstrate critical analytical skills; comprehension, including effective prioritization of points in argumentation; writing skills, in particular summarizing information; clear articulation of opinion as well as justification of that opinion.
Skills and abilities in Personal Effectiveness
- Critically reflect on the moral and political implications of development.
- Show skill in making arguments about desirable legal arrangements in development contexts.
|Course organiser||Dr Deval Desai
Tel: (0131 6)51 4309
|Course secretary||Miss Chloe Culross
Tel: (0131 6)50 9588