Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE European Union Development Policy

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT European Studies

DESCRIPTION In the last decades development issues have acquired considerable importance in the international arena. The fight against poverty, improving health and education of developing nations, managing environmental resources more sustainably and creating stable and lasting economic development in developing countries, have increasingly become the focus of national and international policy initiatives. The study of development economics is a powerful framework for thinking about the issues raised in development studies and for understanding today’s changing world. Learning about development economics helps us understand the causes of the problems that developing countries are facing. It also facilitates the identification of answers that can be potentially offered as a solution to those problems. The discipline of development economics has also proofed to be relevant for many non-economic disciplines, such as sociology, law or political science, offering analytical tools that might be used in different perspectives and scenarios.

This study-unit will teach economic development within the context of a major set of problems dealing with poverty, human capital and the economics of health and education, the environment and natural resources, aid effectiveness and development institutions, the concepts of development, economic theories of growth and development, and the economic development of small developing states. Contained by this framework there is the European Union, which represents the major donor in the world for funds allocated in assisting developing countries. Within this context, the study of EU’s policy and financial mechanisms behind development and cooperation policy becomes extremely relevant to understand current and future economic patterns, and the influence of EU’s foreign policy in the international arena.

Study-unit Aims

The objective of the study-unit is to provide the students with the theory of and evidence on economic development from a policy-oriented perspective. The main goal is to allow students to analyse policy debates surrounding economic growth and development from a broad and rigorous analytical base. In addition to this, students will be able to understand past, current and future policy of the EU in relation to development and cooperation issues, with the aim of acquiring further assessment tools capable to evaluate EU’s policy and objectives vis a vis developing issues.

The challenges and the needs of small developing states will also be specifically addressed, underlining the specific characteristics of small states and critically reviewing the different polices undertaken to reduce poverty and foster development.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Define and conceptualise development economics, being familiar with its history and its evolution over the years, with a particular focus on EU’s development policy;

- Being knowledgeable about theories of economic growth and development;

- Define and understand the concepts of poverty, income distribution and the policy solutions offered by the EU and the International community;

- Being knowledgeable about the concepts and practical applications of human capital and the economics of health and education;

- Explain the main characteristics of the natural environment and the natural resources, with particular reference to their challenges in the context of development;

- Define the concept of aid and being knowledgeable about development institutions and financial mechanisms governing development, both at EU and International level;

- Define and describe Small Developing States, explaining the their special characteristics in the context of development.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Have an improved understanding of development issues and development economics;

- Explain the main features that characterise developing countries and their economies;

- Analyse today's debate on development issues with improved political and economic tools;

- Understand the role of the EU and the main International Organisations in the context of development.

Reading List

This study unit is seminar based and there is no official textbook, but a series of selected readings as per below:

Suggested Readings

TODARO, M.P., SMITH, S.C., 2008. Economic Development (Tenth Edition), Addison-Wesley.
HAYNES, J., 2008. Development Studies, Polity Press.
KUZNET, S., 1971. Lecture to the memory of Alfred Nobel, December 11, 1971.
HOLLAND, M., 2002. The European Union and the Third World, Palgrave McMillan. Chapter 1: 25 to 51.
CARBONE, M., 2007. Holding Europe back: Italy and EU development policy. Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans, Volume 9, Number 2. Routledge.
CARBONE, M., 2008. Mission Impossible: the European Union and Policy Coherence for Development. Journal of European Integration, Vol. 30, No. 3, 323–342, July 2008. London: Routlegde.
UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, 2009. Human Development Report 2009 - Overcoming barriers: Human mobility and development, UNDP: New York.
SEN, A., 1999. The possibility of social choice, American Economic Review n.89.
KLEIN, J.T., 2008. Mainstreaming Climate Adaptation into development. Stockholm Environment Institute briefing note for the European Parliament Temporary Committee on Climate change.
SCHIPPER, ELS., 2007. Climate Change Adaptation and Development: Exploring the linkages. TYNDALL research centre: University of West Anglia.
RAIDNA, V., 2002. Ecological Debt. Paper were presented as testimony at the International Tribunal on Debt, World Social Forum, January 2002, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
RIDDELL. R.C., 2007. Does foreign aid really work? Oxford University Press.
BRIGUGLIO, L., 1995. Small Island States and their Economic Vulnerabilities. World Development Vol.23(9), 1615-1632.
BRIGUGLIO, L. and CORDINA, G., (eds), 2004. Economic Vulnerability and Resilience of Small States. Commonwealth Secretariat and the University of Malta.
NURSE, L., MOORE, R., 2005. Adaptation to Global Climate Change: An Urgent Requirement for Small Island Developing States. RECIEL 14 (2) 2005. Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite: Students who do not have an economics background must successfully complete the supplementary study-unit EST1040.

Failure in submitting the Seminar Paper or an unjustified absence in the Examination will result in an overall fail.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Seminar Paper [See Add. Notes] SEM1 Yes 25%
Examination [See Add. Notes] (3 Hours) SEM1 Yes 75%

LECTURER/S Stefano Moncada

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