POLITICAL ECONOMY OF DEVELOPMENT
POLITICAL ECONOMY OF DEVELOPMENT
Anno accademico 2023/2024
- Codice attività didattica
- Jerome Lange (Titolare dell'insegnamento)
- Corso di studio
- Master's Degree Course in Economic analysis and policy
- 1° anno
- Secondo semestre
- Caratterizzante, A scelta dello studente
- SSD attività didattica
- SECS-P/02 - politica economica
- Tipologia esame
- Scritto ed orale
- Tipologia unità didattica
Political economy is the original name of the discipline of economics, at a time when it was a broad “science of man” with its origins in moral philosophy and jurisprudence and encompassing aspects of modern-day demography, geography, sociology, political philosophy, history, social psychology, anthropology and political science. Today, the term Political Economy is used to denote a subfield of economics (and, in the case of International Political Economy, international relations and political science) divided between contending schools with very different approaches to the study of political and economic phenomena and their interplay. This course makes use both of classical and the modern-day political economy to explore the phenomenon of socio-economic development – understood in its intellectual-historical dimension as the latest iteration of the idea of progress.
Risultati dell'apprendimento attesi
The aim of this course is to develop a critical understanding of the theory and practice of economic development in its political and economic dimensions. It is a core course across two Masters: Applied Development Economics (Economics) and Development Studies (inter-faculty programme). Students are expected to engage with a wide range of material, to familiarise themselves with relevant economic and philosophical concepts and to write essays reflecting their critical interrogation of the development literature.
The course is divided into three parts. Part one explores the major theoretical approaches and contributions to the economic development literature. Part two explores key issues in international economic relations and power dynamics as they affect the issue of comparative economic development. Part three looks at overarching geographical and demographic processes involved in economic development and how they affect and are affected by local, regional and international politics. Naturally, subsequent sections draw on previous sections for their analysis. Theoretical, empirical, and philosophical and epistemological aspects are explored throughout.
Modalità di insegnamento
Each 2-3 hour session will start with a lecture on the week’s topic, interspersed with times for questions and answers, and will be followed by a discussion of the lecture and the reading material for the week. There will then be one to three 10-minute student presentations on the week’s topic, each followed by 15 minutes of discussion.
Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento
50% of the grade of the course is given by the student’s essay grade. 20% of the grade will result from two “quizzes” taken during the semester (10% each). The remaining 30% will be given by the final exam’s grade. Students are expected to read at least all essential readings for each week and to participate actively in class discussions. In the essay(s) and the exam, students will write a rigorous and structured argument that will draw on relevant empirical and theoretical material. The class presentations will help students familiarize themselves with these expectations.
Essays: After completing a first short essay (2.500 words), students have the choice between either writing a second short essay on a different topic, or expanding the scope of their first essay to a longer essay (5.000 words). In the case of two different subjects, these should each fall within the thematic area of one of the weekly classes, but in two different sections of the course. If the first essay is expanded, this can be done either by linking it with another subject area or by furthering the initial analysis. In both cases (two short essays or one long one), students have the possibility to ameliorate the grade of their first essay by integrating advice received on their first essay. Whatever the case, the better grade of the two will be retained.
Presentations: The presenting student will distribute a 1-page summary of their research to the class in advance. The essay does not need to be completed at the time of the presentation, but the presentation should be about the research work undertaken for the essay, presenting the main ideas and argument of the latter. Discussions with the class after the presentations will focus on assisting the presenting student in refining and advancing their work in a collegial atmosphere.
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