International Economic Development

The details
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
19 May 2022


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA L900 International Development,
BA L901 International Development (Including Year Abroad),
BA L902 International Development (Including Placement Year),
BA L921 International Development (Including Foundation Year),
BA L2CS Social Sciences,
BA L2ES Social Sciences,
BA L212 Global Politics,
BA L213 Global Politics (including Placement Year),
BA L214 Global Politics (including Year Abroad)

Module description

This module examines the relationship between domestic as well as international institutions and economic development in a wide variety of settings. The goal is to better understand the political underpinnings of economic growth and development, as well as the effects of
development on democratization.

The first half of the module explores the underpinnings of economic growth, sampling a wide array of theoretical perspectives, ranging from geography to the role of domestic institutions and in particular democratic governance. In the second half of the module, the causal arrow is reversed, and the module explores the role of economic growth for political development. Among other things, the focus will be on the influence of colonialism, international institutions and foreign aid on the development-democracy nexus.

Module aims

1. Analyze political and other sources of economic development

2. Improve conceptual understanding of meaning of development

3. Shed light on effects of economic development and domestic institutions, modernization.

4. Strengthen important analytic skills, group working skills and knowledge of self-executing PowerPoint presentations

Module learning outcomes

Enable students to understand and critically assess how domestic political factors influence economic development relative to competing explanations, such as international institutions, colonialism and foreign aid. Develop a conceptual understanding of the normative goals of development. Understand and analyze the relationship between economic development and domestic political changes, such as democratization. Foster analytic skills in written work, as well as the ability to work in groups and prepare self-executing online presentations using PowerPoint.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

2 hour seminar


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Data Slides    30% 
Coursework   Essay    40% 
Coursework   Forum Contribution    30% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Martin Steinwand, email: martin.steinwand@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Martin Steinwand
Module Supervisor: Dr M Steinwand - ms17779@essex.ac.uk / Module Administrator: Jasini Hobbs - govquery@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Stefano Pagliari
City, University of London
Senior Lecturer in International Politics
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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