Le Grand Syllabus 2016/2017
The paper should be an exposition of the student's ﬁndings. Students are required to submit a hard copy and an electronic copy of their ﬁnal paper. A more detailed description of the expectations for the paper will be provided in class. The ﬁnal paper is due on the last day of class, December 2nd. Workload : Prior to the beginning of each class, students are requited to read at least one of the required readings for that day. Most importantly, everyone is expected to participate in class discussions. Class participation is taken very seriously. Course Description : The course is intended to provide a general overview of the dominant views about economic development and policy. We will cover macroeconomic topics and political economic issues affecting economic development. We will ﬁrst cover a few basics in international ﬁnance. We will then tackle a number of important questions : why are some countries so rich and others so poor ? Do differences in economic development today have historical roots ? What are the mechanisms and channels through which history matters ? What factors have determined which countries prosper ? Can these factors be changed with speciﬁc economic policies ? If so, what are they and how are they best implemented ? We will consider these questions and more. Objective of the course : the course is intended to provide a general overview of the dominant views about economic development and policy, and to provide students a sense of the most recent research in the ﬁeld. In the course, a particular effort is made to link the theories and empirical evidence to the real world. Required reading : Acemoglu, Daron and James Robinson (2012) : Why Nations Fail : The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty, Random House ; Easterly, William R. (2002) : The Elusive Quest for Growth, The MIT Press.
Teachers : Ian HOPWOOD (UNICEF Representative). Pedagogical format : Seminar Course validation : Students will be assessed on active class participation, including one classroom presentation (25%) ; and a term paper on selected topic (75%). Workload : Apart from active participation in class, students must read all required readings, make a short classroom presentation, and write a term paper of not more than 15 pages. Each session starts with a review of reading. Pedagogical method : Substantive presentations will be made for each session, with extensive student interaction and occasional discussion in group. An individual tutorial for each student for guidance on term paper and other mentoring as needed. A distinguished guest speaker will be invited. Course Description : The course equips students with a sound understanding of the politics and practice of development evaluation in the African context. Going beyond the policy declarations and the formalities of evaluation systems, it analyses the political dynamics, the informal networks and processes, the bureaucratic culture, the embedded societal values and the capacity constraints, which receive inadequate attention and yet greatly inﬂuence evaluation policies and practice. In this perspective, the course offers an experienced practitioner's insights on ﬁve inter-related topics of current importance in Africa : a) national policies and emerging M&E systems ; b) evolving donor evaluation policies and practice ; c) results based management and the interface with evaluation ; d) new challenges for NGO M&E practice ; e) improving evaluation use and organizational learning. Through a synthesis of the published and “grey” literature and the lecturer's extensive experience, the objectives of the course are : to provide students, as development professionals in the making, with a sound grasp of key concepts and issues in regard to evaluation policy and practice in the African context ; to equip them with a good understanding of the factors that inﬂuence evaluation quality and utilization both positively and negatively ; to introduce them to strategies and methods that will allow them to operate more effectively,