Natural Resources Governance in International Development (813M9)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This module deals with the way in which governments manage their natural resource endowments (primarily but not solely energy and mineral sources) and engage with domestic and international political and economic forces. At the heart of the module is an attempt to understand the different strategies adopted by public authorities and the factors which influence whether or not those strategies deliver economic and political benefits. Should states seek to harness the economic windfall associated with such commodities and if so how? What are the risks of government policies leading to corruption and instability? The module therefore considers different theories of the state and its relationship with the economy and society – notably ideas of state capacity and embeddedness – as well as political economy approaches to the natural resource issue. Empirically, the module focuses on the changing role of the state towards natural resources in current and historical perspective (as well as the ideas, ideologies and interests associated with those changes) and draws upon the experience of developed, developing and emerging countries.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 278 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We’re planning to run this module in the academic year 2021/22. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.