Development and the State (L2128)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

Why are some countries rich and other countries poor?
What is the role of States across time in facilitating or blocking development?

On this module, you will:

  • gain an understanding of the modern state and its relation to development
  • study the key theoretical traditions of liberalism, statism and Marxism
  • explore the rise of the major capitalist states, the rise of welfare states, the East Asian development experience, dynamics of development in the former Soviet bloc, neoliberalism and alternatives to development.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 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 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: