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The aim of the course is to provide students with an overview of geographical, socio-economical, political and environmental issues related to development in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The course analyses specific development opportunities and challenges in these regions.

The course provides an analysis of development issues from an economic perspective, including the role of national and international policies. The course covers three broad areas: development and growth; people and poverty; and trade and finance.

The first part of the course critically analyzes various development theories that evolved over time (classical and neoliberal theories, structuralism, neo-Marxism and post-development). In the second part, the course discusses internal political processes in developing countries, such as political regimes, democracy, good governance and failed states.


Lecturer: Mr. Tshotsho (visiting scholar from Royal University of Bhutan, College of National Resources, Lobesa)

The course is scheduled for November 27 to December 8.

The intensive course in GNH-based Governance and Public Policy will begin by introducing history of Bhutan in context of Gross National Happiness and later discuss the concepts in GNH. After introducing the use of GNH in governance and public policy, participants of the course will see some practical applications in some papers and places. Some issues with the use of GNH and state policies in that respect will be discussed in section dedicated to GNH and Bhutan’s Economic Growth for Sustainable Development and Challenges with GNH. Issues like economic growth, sustainable development, inequality, migration and education will be covered. Students will end this intensive course by discussing how GNH makes more sense when we use the conceptual framework of inclusive wealth from Sir Partha Dasgupta. This course will be mostly seminar based and would encourage prior reading before class.

The course is divided into three blocks. The first block introduces students into the concept of od sustainable development and presets model of the human environment. The second block provides an analysis of the two global environmental challenges – climate change and biodiversity loss. The final part of the block is dedicated to the fundamental questions of human-nature interaction in terms of environmental values. The third block presents socio-environmental challenges of tropical forests and drylands (the two types of environment that are commonly found in developing countries) and conservation-development policies and practices (market-based nature conservation, traditional “fortress” nature conservation, community-based nature conservation). During the third block, important topics of marginalization and environmental justice are addressed.

This course provides an introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods applicable to development issues. The course focuses on theory, philosophy, and the ethics of science and research in developing countries as well as on practical application of research methods.

The module Quantitative methods is a follow up of the module on Research methods. It consists of courses that will enable students to correctly gather and analyse original or existing data. Combining quantitative methods to economic analysis is a basic skill of junior economists. Courses cover: survey techniques, advanced statistics, econometrics, GIS. Courses will mainly be given in the lab. Tutorials are applications / provide case studies related to stats and econometrics.

The module Economic Theory and Policy consists of three courses. Financing for Development covers public and private funding available for development. Macroeconomics and Growth presents the stylised facts of economic growth. Political Economy and Policy Reform covers political constraints of reforms.

The module Economics of Development II consists of three courses. Development Microeconomics introduces the students to the economic analysis of household decisions in rural areas of developing countries.. Poverty and Development deals with issues related to the definition and measurement of poverty, and highlights poverty changes in the developing world during the last decade. Seminars will cover selected development topics based on case studies.

The module Sustainable Development consists of two courses. Economic Analysis of Sustainable Development aims to give the students a better understanding of the sustainable development concept through the lens of an economist. Seminars will cover case studies such as the role of sovereign funds and global public goods.

The course offers students the opportunity to get acquainted with the fundamental features of international cooperation for development. The course is divided in two main parts. The first part presents the major actors in international cooperation and the significant policies which have been achieved over the last thirty years. The second part examines the general theme of financing for development with a specific focus on recurring financial crises and the issue of sustainability of foreign financing.

The course offers an introduction to the quantitative methods commonly used in policy analysis. It introduces solutions to policy development problems through analytical techniques and practical tools appropriate to professional work. Students also learn how conclusions may be drawn from such analyses. Appropriate software such as GAMS, GITAP and Excel are used.

The course provides an analysis of the fundamental issues in Health Economics, from a theoretical and practical view. The objectives of this course are: to develop an understanding of the link between health and human and sustainable development; to analyze the main health challenges in the developing countries; to understand the relevance of economic and social factors in the healthcare sector and in the development of public policy, with a specific focus on management of public healthcare institutions, health technology assessment and monitoring and evaluation of health projects. Seminars from practitioners will offer first-hand experience and an introduction to health projects.

The main objective of the course is to familiarize the students with the conceptual and practical dimensions of project cycle management (PCM) and to provide the students with the essential skills to formulate a project proposal in accordance with internationally recognized standards, highlighting the conceptual and practical interrelations between the different PCM components.