Part 1: A framework for the course:
- Ideas of development: Enlightenment origins; academic specialisation and colonialism; ideas of development after 1945.
Part 2: Theories of development
- Theories of the State and market: Founding theories of the state; theorizations since 1945; founding theories of the market; theorizations since 1945.
- Theories of institutions and civil society: Founding theories of institutions; recent theorizations; founding theories of civil society; theorizations since 1945.
- The origins of Capitalism and the rise of the West: Why Europe?; the non-European world and early European imperialism; the age of empire.
- The rise and fall of the era of national development: The Cold War and the Long Boom; political independence and ‘Third Worldism’; the crisis of the 1970s and its consequences.
Part 3: Key themes in development policy and practice:
- Late development and industrial policy: Industrialisation – meaning and early approaches; implications for other aspects of development; late industrial policies; managing trade and investment.
- Agrarian change and rural development: Land reform and agrarian reform; the ‘Green Revolution’; newer approaches to rural development.
- Governance and public policy: Governance; Governance and corruption; understanding democracy; democracy and economic growth; democracy and poverty.
- The international order: Understanding globalisation; how old is globalisation?; how does globalisation affect development?; has globalisation affected poverty and inequality?; understanding the international system – the United Nations, World Bank and International Monetary Fund
If you complete the course successfully, you should be able to:
- Show why development should be understood as global phenomenon
- Discuss and critically evaluate the main intellectual traditions shaping international development today
- Use a range of historical, political, economic and social concepts and facts in their analysis of development issues
- Demonstrate a good understanding of how policy debates and practical interventions have evolved over time in the context of a number of key themes.
Unseen written exam (3 hr).
- Desai, V. and Potter, R. (eds). The Companion to Development Studies. London: Hodder.
- Todaro, M. and S. Smith. Economic Development. Harlow: Pearson Education.
Course information sheets
Download the course information sheets from the LSE website.