The multi-faceted economic, social and political processes for which `globalisation' is now the shorthand have transformed relations between and within all countries and present new challenges for achieving sustainable development in the poorer countries of the world. The dramatic growth in cross-border flows of trade and investment, combined with the communications revolution, has affected fundamentally the ways in which 'developed' and `developing' countries relate to each other. While offering new opportunities for raising living standards worldwide, globalisation also seems to have compounded experiences of uneven development. These changes are of sufficient significance to require a fundamental shift in our analytical and policy approaches to achieving national and international development goals.
An overseas field visit is an integral part of the programme. Previous visits have included Sri Lanka, Hong Kong and Mexico. The cost of the visit is included in the programme fee. In addition, participants may undertake research visits to government and non-government agencies as well as other universities within the UK.
Core course units typically include:
Transformations in the World Economy;
and: Political Economy of Development or Politics and Development
The remaining optional course units may include:
Growth and Development:Issues in China and India, Issues in Development Finance, Economic Analysis of the Public Sector, Public Sector Reform anmd Management, ICTs and Socio-Economic Development, Trade Policy and Development, International Finance for Development, Global Institutions, Trade Rules and Industrialisation, Industrial Competitiveness, Comparative Social Policy, Poverty and Livelihoods;Analysis, Policy and Action.
Availability of optional units may vary from year to year.