International Development is a multidisciplinary framework for assessing and analysing political, social and economic development of postcolonial nation-states. Emerging from the discipline of Economics, it soon drew attention of political scientists, lawyers and sociologists who wanted to know how new nations addressed the major problems facing them in the post-World War II and Cold War landscape.
The major debates engaged in by Development Studies, as it came to be known, focused on growth versus inequality, efficiency versus democracy, state versus market led development and modernity, versus tradition. The practice of development was also framed within these debates and was institutionalised through the Bretton Woods System, the various UN institutions, governmental and non-governmental policies and initiatives.
The continuing importance of these debates can be seen today as we discuss how inequality, political instability and economic development are linked. Do market shocks reshape political as well as economic frameworks? Is economic growth a good measure o fhuman development? Is modernity the goal that is worth aspiring to in the context of environmental crisis? Why does gender justice matter for development? Why does poverty persist in a world of plenty? This programme will introduce you to these debates and questions. Theoretical work and empirical work are not separate exercises. Practical problems stimulate theory construction, and theories inform the way that we handle substantive issues. Theory that lacks bearing on practice is irrelevant. Action that lacks theoretical clarity and coherence is confused and ineffective.
All of our MA programmes are worth 180 CATS in total. As part of thiscourse, you will be required to take one core module (40 CATS). You then select 40 CATS (normally two modules) from a list A of specialist modules for this course, and a further 40 CATS from our extensive range of optional modules. If you pass the taught modules, you will move on to the second phase of the MA programme and complete a dissertation of 10,000 words (60 CATS)