Political Economy Perspectives on Development (947M9)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module provides an important foundation to the MA in Governance and Development course. It introduces you to key issues, concepts and theories related to 'governance' and helps you to understand why it has become such an important but contested issue in practical development discourse. The module discusses the nature of the state, the relationship between the state, the market and civil society, and the impact of globalisation on state authority. It also enables you to appreciate what is involved in 'doing political analysis', and to think more comprehensively and consistently about the ways in which politics affects public policies in the development field.


100%: Seminar (Class)


100%: Coursework (Essay, Take away paper)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 44 hours of contact time and about 256 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2020/21. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.