University of Sussex Business School

Wealth, Inequality and Development (003IDAIR)

Wealth, Inequality and Development

Module 003IDAIR

Module details for 2022/23.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

Inequality and the uneven accumulation of wealth has re-emerged as an area of explicit concern for a range of academic disciplines and policymaking institutions. This course will examine debates about the drivers and consequences of inequality and uneven wealth accumulation in the Global South and North. The first section will critically analyse theories of wealth and inequality that underpin dominant development paradigms. The second section will critically examine contemporary Global patterns of wealth accumulation and inequality. The final section will critically assess recent attempts to ‘leverage’ private wealth to achieve development outcomes (e.g. philanthropy, blended finance, closing tax loopholes).

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of key theoretical perspectives on wealth and inequality in development

Critically reflect on the theories of, and assumptions about, inequality and wealth at work in dominant development paradigms.

Critically analyse the political, economic and social factors that shape contemporary patterns of inequality and wealth accumulation

Independently identify, explore and evaluate appropriate evidence of drivers of inequality in the context of specific case studies

Independently identify, explore and evaluate appropriate evidence of drivers of inequality in the context of specific case studies

Essay (5000 words)Semester 1 Assessment Week 1 Mon 16:00100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterWorkshop3 hours11111111110

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Prof Anne-Meike Fechter

Assess convenor

Dr Paul Gilbert

Convenor, Assess convenor

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