Wealth, Inequality and Development (003ID)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring 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%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: