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Theories and Issues in International Development (PO901)

Theories of and Actors in International Development

This module explores major theories of and approaches to the study of International Development in an accessible but rigorous way. We will cover major development theories: from Modernization to Postcolonial and Postdevelopment, and explore how these theories help us understand better the issues of international development. The role of governance institutions – the state, regional bodies and international development bodies such as the World Bank – will be critically evaluated. The module will help you to assess relations of structure and agency in the politics of social change and present arguments in written as well as verbal forms through student-led seminar teaching.

Issues in International Development

This module explores definitions, measurements, chronologies and explanations of issues that are critical to International Development, such as environment and climate change, poverty and trade, democracy and the role of NGOs. It will assess the workings of governance at both international and national levels for addressing these issues and through the module you will develop skills to draw links between academic political analysis and policy practice and to evaluate policy alternatives in respect of key problems of International Development. Through student-led seminars, the module will help you develop sophisticated arguments in written and verbal form.

Please note: for students on the MA in International Development, you will take both parts as a 40 CATS core module. For students on other PAIS MA degrees, you will have the option of selecting one or both of these as 20 CATS modules.