To develop a critical view of the opportunities and constraints that globalisation poses to the policy space of any development strategy. To provide a set of basic tools to effectively deal with poverty alleviation and economic adjustment issues – whether financial, trade or production specific – in a globalised, interdependent world.
Graduates will be able to act more effectively – in the capacity of policy- or decision-maker, civil servant or agent from representative groups within civil society – when facing the challenges (risks and opportunities) posed by globalisation.
Learning outcomes (goals)
- The graduate is able to analyse the development process as a complex and multidimensional phenomenon requiring the combined use of political, economic and social conceptual frameworks.
- The graduate is able to select and apply relevant tools for collecting, interpreting and assessing (qualitative and quantitative) information from a variety of relevant sources on development processes and poverty outcomes.
- The graduate is able to analyse the impact of globalisation in terms of a number of channels through which it affects development and poverty alleviation policies, including current systemic as well as country-specific bottlenecks, and to identify ways in which specific countries can make use of globalisation in their development strategies.
- The graduate is able to assess the quality and relevance of impact evaluation studies performed by others, but (s)he has also acquired the skills to take an active part in evaluation work him(her)self.
- The graduate is familiar with theoretical-conceptual tools to analyse how the interactions of actor strategies and institutional structures produce inequality/poverty as well as well-being. He is able to relate such forms of analysis to the design and evaluation of policies and development interventions.
- The graduate is able to write a scientific report which synthesises others’ and own research findings.