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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PIED5275M Political Economy of Resources and Development

30 creditsClass Size: 32

Module manager: Professor Ray Bush

Taught: 1 Jan to 31 May View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

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.


- Introduction
- 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

Private study

Students will be required to prepare for discussions in seminars through extensive reading of sources listed on the module reading list. In addition to this, students should spend time preparing for their assessments which should include finding and using sources not listed on their reading list.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report1 x 4,000 Word Research Report100.00
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: 10/08/2020 08:43:36


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