Politics & International Relations - Political Institutions & Development

University College Dublin


Course Name Politics & International Relations - Political Institutions & Development
Course Provider University College Dublin
Course Code POL20220
Course Type Lifelong Learning
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Attendance Options Part time
Location (Districts) Belfield
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2. Complete your pre-registration & select either audit or credit
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Course Fee Fees 2019-20

Audit €350 per module (interest only).
Credit €500 per module (including assessment).

Fee payment
Open Learning fees can be paid online, through your SISWeb account after you’ve selected your modules. Students choosing credit modules will pay €500 per module and €350 for audit modules.
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Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:
This module is designed specially for students who are either interested in or intend to specialise in the fields of Development Studies, Political Economy, Development Economics and Politics of Development. Therefore, this module is recommended for those students who are interested in the afore-mentioned fields.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
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Course Content

Expand+Autumn 2019: Semester 1

POL20220 Political Institutions and Development
Academic Year 2019/2020

This course takes as its starting point the new literature on institutional economics and comparative political economy, with a focus both on the b...

Subjects Taught Indicative Module Content:
Key topics covered will be:
1. The concept of institutions. What are they and why they are important
2. Types of institutions
3. How institutions shape economic and political outcomes
4. How are institutions shaped?
5. Who shapes institutions and why?
6. Why explains variation in institutions across the world?
7. Do institutions really matter?
Number of Credits 5
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