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South Asian Development in the 21st Century

The objectives of this module are to provide an advanced understanding of the working of the economies of South Asia and of relevant contemporary economic issues.

Topics covered

Topics covered include: debates on the impact of colonialism on contemporary South Asia; the role of the state in post-colonial economic development, and the contemporary concern with good governance and the investment climate; the impact of patron-client relationships on economic performance, agriculture and the agrarian question, including land reform and technical change; industrialisation and the industrial sector including the regulatory framework, the debate on growth, stagnation and restructuring, the role of industrial policy before and after liberalization and growth after liberalization.


  • Five written online activities (30% of the module mark)
  • 5,000 word essay (70%).