POL40100 Politics of Development

Academic Year 2023/2024

This course introduces students to key concepts, theories and themes in the political life of developing countries. The first part of the course explores the legacy of colonialism and the nature of the post-colonial state, the role of nationalism in the construction of the post-colonial order, political participation and the role of the military, and the impact of the Cold War on the developing world. The second part of the course focuses on key themes in the politics of the developing world including religion, ethnicity and gender. The module concludes with a focus on the related issues conflict, democratization and human rights.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this module students should be able: to compare and contrast the major approaches to political development in the developing world; to make a critical assessment of post-colonial political development; to engage in critical analysis of key concepts such as ethnicity, civil society, democratization etc; to analyse the role of national and international actors in the politics of the developing world

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures; critical writing; reflective 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 In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: Groupwork exercise Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Essay: 1x 5000 word essay Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Essay: 1 x 4500 word essay Week 7 n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer 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?

Feedback will be provided within twenty days of submission of assessable material in accordance with university policy.