MUST BE DONE BEFORE 10AM
Has to be submitted before that so 9AM GMT will be perfect!
Essay (60%): you will choose from list of questions and write a 2500 word essay –
this is the word limit. The essay provides students with an opportunity to develop
their research skills and apply their knowledge to important empirical and
theoretical questions relating to current themes of Political Economy of
Development. You are expected to organise and analyse research materials, present
information and assess competing explanations from primary and secondary
Essay Title: answer one question
1.Is development best achieved by being for, or against, globalisation?
2.Politics, power and governance in the era of globalisation: discuss with examples from
the global South.
3.Critically examine the causes of, and the response to, food insecurity or famine in the
global South. Use at least one case study.
4. What does a feminist approach to the political economy of development reveal?
5.Critically examine the resource curse thesis, using at least one case study.
6.To what extent, and in what ways, has the expansion of global finance changed the
nature of international development?
7.Critically examine the ‘good governance’ agenda in relation to national policies in lowincome
8. Is aid part of the problem or the solution for development? Discuss with reference to
two or more countries.
Criteria for grading assessed work will include the following:
Structure and Quality of Argument
Is the essay plan stated in the introduction?
Is the overall structure of the argument clear and coherent?
Are the points made in a logical sequence?
Is the argument sufficiently analytical?
Is there a conclusion?
Does the conclusion address the essay question directly?
Is the conclusion adequately supported by the preceding argument?
Use of Evidence
Are the points made supported by evidence from cited sources?
Are the sources drawn on sufficient and appropriate?
If empirical evidence is used, is it described clearly and in appropriate detail?
Are tables, graphs, figures, clearly numbered and titled, as well as source provided?
Does the evidence presented support the conclusions reached?
Is the interpretation of the evidence presented appropriately qualified (i.e. avoiding
overgeneralisations and sweeping statements)?
Is the author’s argument adequately backed up rather than just asserted?
Are the sources used subjected to analysis and critical reflection?
Has the student researched the topic sufficiently?
Are there any important omissions?
Has the student thought about what they have read or simply reproduced material from
Is there evidence of critical thinking or an original synthesis?