Global Inequality and International Development

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Global Inequality and International Development

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study

    Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Scotcat Credits

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

    In September 2000, world leaders in New York adopted the Millennium Declaration, which embodied eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and about 20 specific targets. Following a decade in which the 'development project' seemed to have lost fashion, the international community decided to face up the widening gap between the rich and the poor. This led to a renewed focus by most donors on foreign aid and in fact the amount of development assistance increased enormously, more than doubling between 2000 and 2007. But to achieve the MDGs, it eventually became clear that foreign aid was not enough, but better synergies between aid and non-aid policies needed to be explored. This course focuses on the relations between the North and the South and looks at how issues of trade, agriculture, migration, investment in environment can reduce global inequalities and promote international development.
    By the end of this programme students will be able to:
    • demonstrate a clear grasp of contemporary debates on the politics of international development in a broader theoretical and historical perspective;
    • assess why and how international donors allocate and deliver foreign aid;
    • evaluate the impact of non-aid policies on the economic and social development of developing countries;
    • assess the role of international institutions (such as the UNDP, IMF, and World Bank) and key international states in promoting international development

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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