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.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.