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SP10205: Introduction to politics of development

[Page last updated: 13 August 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Social & Policy Sciences
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW20PF80
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
SP10205 CW Reassessment only 100% (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
To introduce students to core concepts, ideas and theories used in the political analysis of development, and to familiarise them with relevant illustrations and case studies.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit students should:
* have a clear understanding of the political dimensions of development
* know and understand historical frameworks elaborated to study the politics of development
* be familiar with key theories and debates around the notions of the state, civil society, and state-society relations
* have a critical understanding of key political concepts such as power, authority, legitimacy, democracy
* be familiar with empirical illustrations and case studies.


* Acquire bibliographic skills, identify and use relevant library and other bibliographic resources
* Understand issues posed by political research in relation to international development
* Ability to apply core political concepts and ideas to academic texts, as well as current news and affairs
* Develop writing skills in a manner informed and consistent with a political analysis of international development.

The state and policy capacity, globalization, democracy and democratization, civil society and social movements, religion, NGOs, environment.
Key text:
* Burnell, J., V. Randall and L. Rakner (2014), Politics in the Developing World, 4th edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
* Green, Duncan (2012), From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States Can Change the World, Practical Action.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP10205 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • UHSP-AFB21 : BSc(Hons) International Development with Economics (Year 1)
  • UHSP-AKB21 : BSc(Hons) International Development with Economics with Year long work placement (Year 1)

SP10205 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Economics
  • UHES-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics (Year 1)
  • UHES-AAB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics with Study year abroad (Year 1)
  • UHES-AKB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • UHES-ACB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics with Combined Placement and Study Abroad (Year 1)