DEV20010 Topics in Intl Development

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is designed to introduce students to key themes in the international development. The course will introduce students to particular issues and debates around development today including international trade, foreign direct investments and their impact of economic development. The course also focuses on giving students a glimpse on the concept of institutions. In particular, we will look at what are institutions? Why are they important? and how institutions effect economic growth, investments, and prosperity. In this course we will also dwell into the aspects of corruption and crony capitalism. Why does corruption exist, the developmental consequences of corruption, how to eradicate corruption (tried & tested means and some out of the box solutions). The course will introduce students to the concept of "Dutch disease" and “resource curse” from the natural resource literature and then turns to its consequences especially for socio-economic development. Finally, the course will also shed light on development aid – understanding the concept of aid, types of aid, who gives aid, to whom and why? the politics and the consequences of development aid. Along with aid, students will be introduced to the topic of development finance mainly focusing on international financial institutions like the World Bank and the IMF.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1) To give students a basic understanding on various key topics in international development studies which drive the economic development process in several regions of the world.

2) To provide students with basic conceptual tools and frameworks for analysing economic development issues.

3) At the end of the module, students should be able to understand and critically engage with debates about global affairs and their implications for the development (or lack of it) of different parts of the world.

Indicative Module Content:

The key topics that will be addressed in this module include: Foreign Direct Investments, International Trade, Development Aid, Institutions, Corruption and Cronyism, Natural Resources, International Financial Institutions like the World Bank and IMF.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The teaching and learning approaches used in this module will be as follows:

1. Lectures
2. Intensive class discussions.
3. Critical writing; Review of published research work
4. Problem-based learning
5. Case study-based learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Multiple Choice Questionnaire: There will be an MCQ test covering 40% of the overall weighting towards the midterm. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Class Test: There will be a one-hour class test covering 60% of the overall weighting towards the end of the trimester. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

A written feedback is provided to each student on their exam paper assignment (class test) within 20 working days of the exam in according with university policy.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 13:00 - 13:50