Wealth, Inequality and Development (003IDA)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

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).


100%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 30 hours of contact time and 270 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.