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PAIR6005 Development and International Politics

Module Overview

This module will examine the main points of contention regarding the South, its position in the international economy and changes that have occurred over the last few decades. Students will be asked to critically evaluate the reasons for the economic stasis that has occurred in some regions and the economic changes that have occurred in other regions. The objectives of the course are to understand how less developed countries have been, and are being integrated into the world system, to consider how the nature of the world system influences the form of integration, and to discuss alternative forms of integration that lead to more favourable developmental outcomes for LDC’s.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Demonstrate capacity for critical engagement with a variety of sources

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the South’s position in global politics


1. Introduction: Concepts and History 2. U.S. Hegemony: Past and Present 3. The South in the Global Economy 4. The International Financial Institutions: From Structural Adjustment to Poverty Reduction: Debt, the HIPC and the PRGF 5. The International Trading System 6. The Doha Declaration 7. Weak States: Insecurity and Instability in the South 8. Strong States: The East Asian Development Model 9. The Rise of Governance States 10. Patterns of Poverty and Inequality

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Lectures and seminars • Discussion • Specific reading • Analysis of text Examination questions will be based on materials introduced and discussed in the seminars and lectures.

Independent Study176
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

P Burnell & V. Randall (2008). Politics in the Developing World. 

Annie Taylor and Caroline Thomas (eds) (1999). Global Trade and Global Social Issues. 

P.W.Preston (1997). Development Theory. 

John Glenn (2007). Globalization: North-South Perspectives. 

R. Kaplinsky (2005). Globalization, Poverty and Inequality: Between a rock and a hard place. 

John Rapley (1996). Understanding Development. 

Majid Rahnema with Victoria Bawtree (eds) (1998). The Post Development Reader. 

Caroline Thomas (2000). Global Governance, Development and Human Security. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 50%
Essay  (3000 words) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 50%
Essay  (3000 words) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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