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Global Political Economy of Development

This module will provide an international and inter-disciplinary overview of the major issues surrounding development theory and practice in the 20th and 21st centuries.

The two specific objectives we try to achieve in this module are: (1) deepening of students’ theoretical understanding of the concept of development, as a field of global political economy; and (2) a critical assessment of the results and future prospects of economic and political development. The students taking this optional module will learn to critically evaluate the changing nature of development and development studies as a discipline, as well as to critically examine the practice/policy and guiding principles of developmental agendas today. The whole course is framed by a strong background in Global Political Economy (the core course in the MA) and deep historical and critical perspective on development.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The course's teaching consists of lectures and obligatory seminars. All courses on the Master's level are all held in English.


    Seminar attendance is mandatory. Students are expected to actively participate and contribute in the seminars. Seminar assignments will be distributed to the students a week in advance and will cover different topics falling under the seminar theme.

    The examination will be in the form of written reports on the assignments, and a final term paper.  Students who fail to submit their term papers by the set deadline will have another chance to re-submit (on a different topic) after 5 weeks. 

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
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