Political Economics of Development

Schools of Public Engagement: Grad Programs in Int'l Affairs

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students
Political Econ of Development
Spring 2024
Taught By: Sakiko Fukuda-Parr
Section: A

CRN: 14267

Credits: 3

The defining challenges of our times – extreme inequality within and between countries, environmental destruction, pervasive poverty, threats to democracy – do not fall from the sky. They result from public policies and social institutions that in turn are shaped by theories about the process of development. This course offers a critical introduction to the central ideas and theories that have shaped these policy choices. The course addresses questions such as: is inequality necessary for economic growth? Why is the gender wage gap so persistent? Should the understanding of the economy limited to market interactions? How can developing countries grow with environmental sustainability? Is spending in health and education a luxury or an investment? Do international trade agreements create a level playing field for countries? Is a flexible labor market the most effective way to promote employment and wage growth? What is the role of the state in transforming economies? How should the governance of global international economic institutions be reformed to give more voice to the Global South? The course emphasizes the importance of ethical foundations, and the historical inequities of North-South relations. It introduces theories from mainstream and heterodox approaches including structuralism, feminism, capabilities and human rights, and sustainability. The aim is to prepare students to engage critically and creatively in contemporary debates about what works and does not work to promote sustainable and equitable development. NOTE: This course was formerly titled "Development Economics".

Pre-requisite: Economics in International Affairs (NINT 5109) or equivalent. This course satisfies the foundation course requirement in the Development concentration in the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs. This course counts as an elective course for the Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Grad Programs in Int'l Affairs (GPIA)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:12am EDT 7/24/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 518
Date Range: 1/22/2024 - 5/13/2024