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Module Title LM Development Politics
Department International Development
Module Code 07 23947
Module Lead Professor Heather Marquette
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions A compulsory module: PgDip and MSc International Development ? Distance Learning (Pathway in Conflict, Security and Development) and PGDip and MSc International Development ? Distance Learning (Pathway in Poverty, Inequality and Development)
Description The politics of a country has a profound impact on levels of development. In recent years, donors have begun talking about the importance of supporting ‘pro-poor’ politics but without clear consensus about what constitutes pro-poor development or whether it is either feasible or desirable.
This module looks at the issues involved in dealing with complex and often fluid political environments in developing countries, drawing comparisons within and between both countries and regions. It looks particularly at the impact of the increased emphasis on democratisation and good governance in the past decade.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Appraise, compare and explain politics in developing countries at the national and regional levels;
  • Critically analyse the concepts, theories and approaches relating to the politics of development;
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of how the principles and theories of development politics may be applied to the practical situations facing policy makers in developing countries;
  • Critically analyse and explain the impact of politics on poverty in developing countries;
  • Evaluate a range of political analysis frameworks in the context of developing countries.
Assessment 23947-01 : Assignment 1 - 2000 words : Coursework (40%)
23947-02 : Assignment 2 - 3000 words : Coursework (60%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment: 2,000 word assignment (40%) and 3,000 word assignment (60%)

Reassessment: 3000% word assignment (100%)
Other None
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