International Economic Development

The details
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 07 October 2021
Friday 17 December 2021
25 August 2021


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 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

- Analyze political and other sources of economic development

- Improve conceptual understanding of meaning of development

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

- 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

This module will be delivered with (i) a weekly pre-recorded lecture and (ii) a weekly interactive seminar.


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Online Quiz 1    30% 
Coursework   Online Quiz 2    30% 
Coursework   Essay  26/11/2021  40% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
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: Lewis Olley - govquery@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Mohammed Rodwan Abouharb
University College London
Available via Moodle
Of 177 hours, 10 (5.6%) hours available to students:
167 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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