Political Economy of Development in the Global South

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Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
14 June 2023


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Module description

Development is highly dependent on local institutions and their effectiveness. Perspectives of political economy can help disentangle how institutions drive development, by using an interdisciplinary approach at the intersection of politics, economics, sociology, anthropology and history.

The class begins by exploring definitions and theories essential to the political economy of development. Then it considers various empirical issues and broad trends in how development occur, improves and is hampered by institutions in the Global South. The course focuses in particular on local institutional actors rather than mainly on international aid.

Module aims

The aim of this module is:

  • To provide students with a general awareness of the broad trends in development, thinking about local institutions and how to build and support them, and the relevant actors in development, particular with a view to perspectives of political economy.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to:

  1. Be aware of debates surrounding the relationship between institutions and development and more generally about the preconditions for political and economic development;

  2. Be able to state informed opinions with regard to the successes and failures of development and how local, domestic and foreign actors and development can cooperate in the future;

  3. Have an improved capacity for reading graphs and understanding presentations of data;

  4. Have an improved capacity for producing original research using primary documents and/or data and an improved capacity for presenting this research in term paper format.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The module will be delivered via:

  • 1 x 2 hour seminar each week


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

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting

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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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Florian Kern
Dr Florian Kern: fkern@essex.ac.uk Module Administrator: Edmund Walker, govquery@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Stefano Pagliari
City, University of London
Senior Lecturer in International Politics
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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