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Undergraduate Course: Advanced Issues in the Political Economy of Development (AFRI10005)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAdvanced Issues in the Political Economy of Development takes a theoretical approach, policy debate or emerging set of events, and provides students with the tools to situate it within a political economy approach to international development, the political and economic context and methods of analysis.
Course description The purpose of this course is to provide students with the opportunity of strengthening their understanding of the political economy of development at honours level. Students will develop an analytical skills and theoretical knowledge of political economy that will be accessible to students studying in a range of undergraduate programmes.

The substantive content of the course will change each year depending on topical issues and will be taught by experts on the issue itself or on particular approaches/methods from amongst permanent and postdoctoral staff. For example, around a particular set of theories (institutional, evolutionary, post-colonial, Marxist) or policy approaches or events.

In each case, students will learn substantive information about the topic itself but perhaps more importantly they will acquire the generic skills to analyse any phenomenon through the lens of political economy: how to place it within a larger context, where to look for information about context, the types of variables (whether social, economic, cultural, or political) to consider when analysing the phenomenon, how to identify wider theories and concepts to analyse the phenomenon and how to acquire evidence that would support one theoretical interpretation over another.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students who have not taken courses in social science subjects should contact the Course Organiser to confirm if they are eligible to take this course.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 4 Social Sciences courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate comprehensive understanding of contemporary debates on the chosen event, from both a theoretical and empirical perspective.
  2. apply specialist in-depth knowledge of specific areas and issues in relation to the chosen event.
  3. critically engage with key explanatory theories, concepts, institutions and issues in the study of the chosen event.
  4. deploy effective communications skills, both written and verbal, to provide clear and concise analysis of the topic at hand.
  5. engage in critical thinking, reflection and debate for academic and non-academic consumption..
Reading List
Chang, Ha-Joon (2015) Economics: A Users Guide London: Puffin

Harrison (2021) Developmentalism: The Normative and Transformative within Capitalism, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Reinert E, J Ghosh (2014) Handbook of alternative theories of economic development London: Edward Elgar
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Critical thinking and analysis
Team work
Effective written and verbal communication
Effective research and analytical skills
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Rama Dieng
Tel: (0131 6)51 1636
Course secretaryMiss Anna Hallam
Tel: (0131 6)51 1337
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