Globalisation and Development
SO3230 Globalisation and Development (10 ECTS credits)
Lecturer(s): Dr Barbara Bradby, Dr Anne Holohan
The first part of this module deals with theories of globalization. Globalization and Development are two much discussed and debated concepts. How should we understand and address them today? How are they linked? What are the trends in both globalization and development? What should we be concerned about? How is our understanding of both globalization and development changing in light of the current global economic crisis? We will investigate the trends that are going to shape the world in the coming decades: increased interconnectedness, crises in existing economic, political and social institutions within nations and internationally; increasing pressure on natural resources; huge demographic shifts; a shifting in the geo-political balance of power, specifically the rise of China and India.
Students successfully completing this module will be able to:
- explain and assess controversies and debates around globalisation;
- examine classical theories of development, and recent critical theories of 'post-development';
- discuss case studies from a wide variety of social and cultural environments in developing countries, including case studies of interventionist development projects or 'aid';
- critically discuss mainstream media and other discourses of 'poverty' and 'lack' as characterizing societies other than our own on the global level.
Lectures & Tutorials/ Contact hours:
One lecture and one tutorial per week.
Lectures: 22 hrs; Tutorials: 22 hrs; Exams/assignments
Recommended Texts/ Key Reading:
Cooke, B. and Kothari, U. (eds) (2001) Participation: The New Tyranny? London: Zed Books.
- Escobar, A. (1995) Encountering Development: the making and unmaking of the Third World, Princeton: Princeton University Press.
- Guthrie, D. China and Globalization (Routledge 2009).
- Gupta, D. Can India Fly? (Stanford University Press 2007).
- Sachs, W. The Development Dictionary: A Guide to Knowledge and Power (Zed Press 1992).
- Penalties for late submission
- Part One of the Module will be assessed by course work (50%).
- Part Two of the Module will be assessed by exam (50%)
- Without an authorised extension, the mark given will be lowered by one grade
- Examination: 1 x 3-hour examination