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2020/2021  BA-BPOLO1287U  Political Economy of Development

English Title
Political Economy of Development

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Third Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc i International Business and Politics, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Mogens Kamp Justesen - Department of International Economics, Goverment and Business (EGB)
Main academic disciplines
  • Political leadership and public management
  • Political Science
  • Economics
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 21-08-2020

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Learning objectives
  • Identify, analyze and evaluate core concepts, theories, and issues in the political economy of development
  • Use the concepts and theories of the political economy of development to identify, analyse, and evaluate key issues of economic and political development in developing countries and emerging economies.
  • Identify, analyze and evaluate economic, political, institutional, and structural causes and consequences of development in a comparative perspective.
  • Analyse empirical data and evidence concerning economic and political development using the concepts and theories introduced in the course.
  • Make a clear, coherent, and well-reasoned analysis of issues in political and economic development based upon methods in the social sciences and a comprehensive understanding of the theories and approaches introduced in the course.
Political Economy of Development:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 7 days to prepare
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Spring
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
A new exam assignment must be answered. This apply to all students (failed, ill, or otherwise)
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The course introduces students to theories and issues in the political economy of development. The course will interrogate the interplay between states and markets in driving economic (under)development, the politics of economic development, and the roles of various domestic and international actors, institutions, and structures in this process. The causes and consequences of poverty, inequality, and development will be approached from a comparative perspective using data and case illustrations from, e.g., Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In doing so, the course will address a number of salient issues in contemporary debates on economic and political development, such as the roles of international trade, foreign aid, corruption, and democratization in the developing world. 

Description of the teaching methods
Lectures, group discussions and tutorials.
Feedback during the teaching period
The course seeks to provide continuous feedback and establish an ongoing dialogue with students. It does so specifically in the following ways:
a. Students are encouraged to use office hours to obtain feedback on questions arising throughout the course. Office hours can be used individually or by groups in prearranged time slots, where bookings can be made by contacting teaching staff in advance.
b. During exercises/workshops, students will get feedback on answers to questions that are made available before class.
c. There will two (2) voluntary multiple choice quizzes made available on CBS Canvas. Feedback will later be given explaining the reasons why a particular answer was correct or incorrect and indicating how/where further material on the topic can be found. Feedback will also relate the answers to readings in the course.
d. There will be one (1) voluntary assignment written individually or in groups. After the voluntary assignment, feedback on the voluntary assignment will be given that will address the strengths and weaknesses of the assignments and the extent to which they address the learning objectives set for the course. Feedback will be given in a class dedicated to that specific purpose. Students are encouraged to form self-study groups and, if academic issues arise, contact staff for support.
Student workload
Preparation time (readings, group work etc.) 135 hours
Lectures / class exercises / “homework cafés” / workshops etc. 32 hours
Exam (incl. preparation for the exam and actual exam period) 41 hours
Last updated on 21-08-2020