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Postgraduate Course: Advanced Issues in Law and Development (LAWS11427)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryWhat, 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. 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;
  2. Master complex areas of law and analyse complex arguments on the topic of the course;
  3. Evidence an understanding of contemporary debates involving the subject-matter of the course;
  4. Clearly formulate opinions on complex materials as well as clearly and convincingly articulate their point of view.
Reading List
- 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)
Additional Information
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.

Technical/practical skills
- Show skill in making arguments about desirable legal arrangements in development contexts.
KeywordsPostgraduate,Level 11,Law,Development
Course organiserDr Deval Desai
Tel: (0131 6)51 4309
Course secretaryMiss Chloe Culross
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