London, United Kingdom

Politics of Global Development

when 20 July 2020 - 7 August 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2100

The 2020 UCL Summer School has been cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19.

This module will provide an introduction to, and an overview of, the politics of global development.

The module will take a case-based approach – using grounded, empirical cases – to illustrate the role of politics in development; allowing students to unpack the theory, concepts, and history of international development. It will emphasise the links between theory and practice, and students will be provided with the opportunity to hear from guest speakers working for various development organisations.

The module is divided into three parts: part 1 will look at the politics of developing countries, including sessions on institutions; leaders and coalitions; bureaucracy and civil society; and contestation, power, gender and conflict. Part 2 will look at global processes, including sessions on trade, aid, finance and investment; migration; and global governance. Part 3 will focus on development organisations, and will look at how donor agencies, International Organisations, and NGOs operate on a day-to-day basis and the reality of the current challenges they face.

Course leader

Dr David Hudson is a senior lecturer in Political Economy in the Department of Political Science, UCL.
Dr Niheer Dasandi is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Political Science, UCL.

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.

Course aim

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

Understand the centrality of politics for international development, poverty and inequality; how political factors and processes – such as formal and informal institutions, leadership, government and non-government actors, and interests and ideas – shape and are shaped by the process of development;

Have had hands-on experience of using the political economy analysis tools used by donors and NGOs to design a development intervention, and have engaged with a range of policy-makers and practitioners working in international development;

Have an understanding of the international political economy of development, and how relations between richer and poorer nations – and the rules that govern these relations – shape and are shaped by development processes;

Have received an introduction to different development organisations, how these organisations engage with politics in developing countries, and of criticisms of these organisations;

Have received an introduction to different types of research on the politics of global development, and have gained an understanding of the link between theory and practice in international development.

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2100: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition fee discount.
GBP 1100: UCL offers accommodation in a vibrant area in the heart of London which costs £1100 per 3-week Session.