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2009/10 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PIED5275M Political Economy of Resources and Development

30 creditsClass Size: 45

Module manager: Professor Ray Bush

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2009/10

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module focuses on debates relating to the relationship between political and economic change in the world economy and the debates over resource use. It does so by examining a number of case studies that have been central to the ways in which developing countries have been incorporated into the world economy and the ways that the incorporation have affected the politics and society of the countries concerned. Students will be encouraged to 'adopt' a country and/or a resource to examine in depth and relate to themes of development strategy, politics and possibility for social transformation.- Part one of the course will involve a series of lectures that will provide the background and an introduction to the debates relating to resource use, debates about scarcity, resource depletion and rentierism. - Part two allows students to develop cases study knowledge and expertise.


On completion of this module students should be able to:
a) demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between political and economic change in the world economy;
b) demonstrate an understanding of debates over resource use and environmental issues;
c) demonstrate understanding of debates relating to development strategies linked with resource use;
d) present a sustained written argument that draws on independent research;
e) develop skills of oral communication.


The Post World War 2 Global Economy: Debt and Development
Resource Use and Development: Oil
Finance - Debt and Conditionality
Labour Migrancy
Oil Led Growth
Politics of Food and Famine
Mineral Led Growth
Artisanal Mining; Labour and the World Economy
Politics of Food
Land and Development

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours278.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 6,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 16/07/2010


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