Coordinator: Richard Sidebottom (Centre of Development Studies)
Lecturer: Richard Sidebottom (Centre of Development Studies)
Contact hours: 16 weekly lectures will be supplemented by bi-weekly Open discussion seminars and periodic talks by external speakers
Aims and objectives:
Though extremely heterogeneous, countries in sub-Saharan Africa remain some of the most underdeveloped and poverty stricken countries in the world. The objective is to provide an appreciation of the wide variation in historical, socio-political, structural and institutional aspects of the SSA development paradigm(s) and to investigate the prevailing discourse of problem diagnosis and policy prescription.
The course will cover four broad themes: historical and global context; state and society; capital (human, physical and financial); and the role of different sectors (agriculture; resources; manufacturing) in development. By linking case studies to themes covered in core Development MPhil papers, this course aims to illustrate key development concepts.