Politics of Development

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Politics of Development

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Development Studies, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The course introduces students to 'development', both as a contested idea, and as a way forward to a more humane society. It examines the origins and dimensions of economic inequalities between and within states, competing theories of development and the influences they have had in shaping thinking and policy making at national, regional and global levels, and the interplay of internal and external actors and interests in the politics of development. Using case studies that include development success stories, the course examines a number of specific development challenges, including: poverty and ethnic, class and gender inequalities; identity politics; authoritarianism and military rule; democratisation and human rights; population growth and health crises; and the politics of environmental and natural resource management.

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