United Kingdom, London

International Development

when 15 July 2018 - 4 August 2018
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 1995

This course is designed to introduce students to key issues and themes in international development.
Students will explore and engage with the academic debates and discussions around a set of key factors which shape, influence and constrain the development and prosperity of nations. The course will explore a number of key themes in international development, including how questions of gender and generation shape the impact of poverty; how processes of globalization, migration and violent conflict impact on development; and how development and the environment are linked. It also considers what exactly we mean by poverty, and how different ways of understanding poverty feed into different approaches to tackling it. It will also consider development institutions: what are the key institutions in the architecture of international development? How do they differ, and what are the challenges and opportunities they present? Through this module, students will gain a solid background in the various factors which shape current approaches to and debates on international development.

The course is suitable for students studying at undergraduate and postgraduate level who wish to learn about these disciplines. You do not need any prior knowledge of these fields.

Course leader

Professor Abhinay Muthoo and Dr Christina Ammon

Target group

The course is suitable for students studying at undergraduate and postgraduate level who wish to learn about these disciplines. You do not need any prior knowledge of these fields.

Course aim

Warwick Economics has leading academics in Economic Development and this course aims to address some of the most important questions facing economists, politicians and society. Why do some people live in luxury, while others can barely afford to eat and have no access to clean water? Economics helps to answer these questions and this course will aim to build on the knowledge and economic theories that students already have and apply it to the issues surrounding economic growth and development.

The course will enable students to develop their understanding of the problems faced by countries in the earliest stages of development and determine the way in which economics and policy can help such economies. The course will aim to draw on both microeconomic and macroeconomic theories and will encourage students to apply their knowledge of economics to real world issues, by analysing the literature and drawing on empirical studies. Through examining countries at different stages of development and understanding the obstacles they face, students will gain a broader understanding of the way in which economic policy can promote growth and development. They will also be encouraged to critically examine such interventions by domestic and international governments to determine the effectiveness of different policies.

By undertaking in-depth analysis into International Development, students will gain a greater awareness that the factors which prevent development are vast and vary extensively from one nation to another. Economic theory is therefore vital in analysing these obstacles and we will aim to demonstrate how it can be used to explain the acute problems of developing countries and in particular, to help formulate appropriate policies.

Credits info

7.5 EC
Equivalent of a 15 CAT module from an Undergraduate Degree.
European system: 7.5 ECTS
US system: approximately 3 credits.

Fee info

GBP 1995: Tuition Fee (various discounts available including early booking 10% reduced fee)


- If you apply before the 30 April 2018 you will be given a 10% discount code to enter at our payment pages.
- For groups of 5 or more students from the same institution, partner institutions and alumni we offer a 20% discount on tuition fees and a tuit