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Year of entry: 2023
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An Introduction to Development Studies
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
To provide students with an understanding of how social scientists in general and economists in particular have studied and analysed the development process. As well introduction the meaning and measurement of development we also look at a series of “big” books that examine key themes in development studies
This course aims to provide a self-contained introduction to the academic study of development for general social scientists and to cover the preparatory material for more advanced development courses in the second and third years.
On completion of this unit successful students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of the meaning and measurement of development and a superficial understanding of all and deep understanding of at least one of the following books:
•Sen, A. (1999) Development as Freedom,
•Chang, H.J. (2007) Bad Samaritans
•Hulme, D. (2016) Should Rich Nations Help the Poor?
•Hulme, D. (2015) Global Poverty: Global Governance and Poor People in the Post-2015
•World Bank. (2011) World Development Report 2012:
•Gender Equality and Development. World Bank
•Piketty, T. (2014) Capital in the Twenty-First Century
•Dasgupta, P. (2007) Economics: A Very Short Introduction
Wydick, B. (2008) Games in Economic Development
Topics and Reading List
Introduction: An introduction to the course and to development at Manchester.
The origin of the term "Economic Development":
• Arndt, H.W. (1981) Economic Development: A Semantic History, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Volume 29, Number 3, April 1981.
The Meaning of Development:
• Thirlwall, A (2003) Growth and Development: With Special Reference to Developing Economies, Palgrave 7th Ed. - Chapter 1 The Study of Development.
• Colman, D and Nixson, F (1994) Economics of Change in Less Developed Countries, Harvester Wheatsheaf - Chapter 1 section 1.1 What is Development.
The Measurement of Development:
• Thirlwall, A. (2003) Growth and Development: With Special Reference to Developing Economies, Palgrave 7th Ed. - Chapter 2 The Development Gap and Measurement of Poverty.
• Colman, D. and Nixson, F. (1994) Economics of Change in Less Developed Countries, Harvester Wheatsheaf - Chapter 1 section 1.2 Measuring Development and 1.3 Conclusion.
• UNDP’s Human Development Reports (see the website).
Development as Freedom:
• Sen, Amartya (1999) Development as Freedom, Oxford.
International Institutions and Development:
• UN, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization websites.
Aid, Development and Poverty:
• Hulme, David (2016) Should Rich Nations Help the Poor? Polity.
• Hulme, David (2015) Global Poverty: Global Governance and Poor People in the Post-2015, Routledge.
Gender and Development:
• World Bank. (2011) World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development. World Bank.
History and Political Economy for Development:
• Chang, Ha-Joon (2007) Bad Samaritans.
• Piketty, T. (2014) Capital in the Twenty-First Century.
Economics as Development:
• Dasgupta, Partha (2007) Economics: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford.
• Wydick, B. (2008) Games in Economic Development, Cambridge.
Teaching and learning methods
Synchronous activities (such as Lectures or Review and Q&A sessions, and tutorials), and guided self-study
- Analytical skills
- Problem solving
Final Exam - 100%: Involving "critically" reviewing of one of a list of books
For information about feedback please follow this link:
- MCQs in the lecture slots.
- Mock Exam.
- Students can also receive further feedback from tutorials, office hours and discussion board on Blackboard.
Sen, Amartya (1999) Development as Freedom, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Hulme, David (2015) Global Poverty: Global Governance and Poor People in the Post-2015, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge
Hulme, David (2016) Should Rich Nations Help the Poor, Cambridge, UK¿: Polity Press
World Bank (2011) World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development, Washington, DC: World Bank
Chang, Ha-Joon (2007) Bad Samaritans, London: Random House Business (Other editions by Ha-oon Chang are also suitable)
Piketty, Thomas (2014) Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Cambridge Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
Dasgupta, Partha (2007) Economics: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Wydick, Bruce (2008) Games in Economic Development, Leiden: Cambridge University Press.
Banerjee, Abhijit V., and Esther Duflo. 2012. Poor economics: a radical rethinking of the way to fight global poverty, New York: Public Affairs.
|Nicholas Weaver||Unit coordinator|
For every 10 course unit credits we expect students to work for around 100 hours. This time generally includes any contact times (online or face to face, recorded and live), but also independent study, work for coursework, and group work. This amount is only a guidance and individual study time will vary