Development Policy

Nelson Mandela University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Development Policy

  • Host University

    Nelson Mandela University

  • Location

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Development Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    The module introduces students to and familiarise them with the concepts, ideas, and strategies employed in the pursuit of sustainable economic development and development policies.

    The student will be able to:

    • assess critically alternative development policies and programmes;
    • critique systematically goals and objectives of economic development efforts;
    • write coherent reports and make presentations about political, social and institutional contexts in which development policy-making occurs;
    • contextualise development policy processes and analyse the thinking behind such processes;
    • describe and evaluate classical theories of economic development;
    • explain economic development versus under-development (regulation approach and basic needs approach);
    • identify, describe and explain key economic, political and institutional contexts in which development policy-making occurs;
    • describe the philosophical tenets of positivism, post-positivism and postmodernism and their implications for development policy-making.


    • The philosophical paradigms of positivism, post-positivism and postmodernism.
    • The Dimensions of Development Policy.
    • Meta-theory and Policy Analysis.
    • Policy Actors.
    • Development policy process in a Global Context.
    • The East Asian Experience.
    • National Economic and Industrial Development Policy.
    • Remodelling the State.
    • Selected Issues in Meso and Micro Development Policy.
    • Developmental Local Government: Policy and Practice.