Our course provides you with high-quality post-graduate teaching and training in the analysis of emerging economies. It offers a distinctive approach to the study of development by focusing on rising economic powers with a particular focus on national development strategies, economic and political institutions, and the political processes that influence economic reforms. We are based at King’s Department of International Development, which enables us to draw on social scientific expertise from across other departments in the faculties of Social Sciences & Public Policy and Arts & Humanities as well as King’s Global Institutes.
The course critically assesses economic development theory to ask whether emerging economies offer a new model or models of development. Our main focus is examining the strategies that emerging economies have adopted to promote development. This includes asking how sustainable or enduring these new strategies are and how emerging markets solve the difficult problems of promoting growth over the longer term. To answer this last question, we investigate how emerging economies deal with the development and diffusion of technology, manage trade and financial flows, balance the role of the state and the market, and tackle problems of institutional underdevelopment and weak systems of law and accountability.
We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.
For every 15-credit module, we will typically provide 20 hours of lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 180 hours of independent study. For your dissertation, we will usually provide five hours of dissertation workshops, and five one-to-one or group meetings with supervisors. You will undertake 590 hours of independent study.
| Module||Lectures, seminars and feedback ||Self-study |
| Per 15-credit taught module
|| Typically 20 hours.
|| 130 hours (some modules may involve lab work or e-learning which would require less self-guided learning).
| Dissertation module
|| Usually 5 x 1-hour dissertation workshops and 5 one-to-one or group consultation with supervisors.
|| 590 hours of self-study and project work.
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
Your performance on taught modules in the Department of International Development will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include individual essays, oral group presentations or group reports. The dissertation module is assessed by a proposal and a 12,000-word dissertation.
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