AIS5336 - Cutting-edge Cases in Development under Late Capitalism

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Asian and International Studies
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Course Offering Term*:
Semester B 2021/22

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course aims to introduce students to the very latest issues in contemporary development policy and practice, allowing them an opportunity to critically appraise contemporary development agendas and reflect upon the politics of development under globalisation. The development landscape is currently undergoing massive change. Frontier and emerging markets, and a “rising Asia”, are now frequently trumpeted as new sites of investment and opportunity, with old development actors, such as the World Bank, facing novel competition from new players. Indeed, some of the traditionally large country borrowers from multilateral organisations are now both sources of and destinations for capital, with the leverage of development organisations subsequently challenged. In this environment, good governance and aid effectiveness agendas are quickly giving way to new pushes related to catalysing investment, facilitating “access to finance” and cultivating micro, small and medium enterprise sectors (MSMEs). To be sure, development challenges persist in abundance: inequality is on the rise in many places, poverty is plentiful – often returning to sites where it had seemingly been eradicated with the rise of large middle classes, and sustainability issues envelop the globe. In this course students will be introduced to the contemporary development landscape and the different agendas that are emerging and operating within it. Both country and sectoral cases will be covered in the course, with emphasis placed upon the very latest examples of how governments, development organisations and social movements are attempting to grapple with pressing and persistent development issues. The cases cover a broad gamut, taking in orthodox, heterodox and radical agendas at the local, national and global levels. The course will be of use and interest to students wishing to work in the public and private sectors, civil society, multilateral organisations, the media, and those generally wanting to understand a rapidly changing world and make a difference.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 100%
Detailed Course Information


Useful Links

Department of Asian and International Studies