CPT781 - Development and Urbanisation Processes

SchoolCardiff School of Planning and Geography
Department CodeCPLAN0
Module CodeCPT781
External Subject CodeK400
Number of Credits20
Language of DeliveryEnglish
Module Leader Dr Georgina Santos
SemesterAutumn Semester
Academic Year2013/4

Outline Description of Module

.The module focuses on poverty, development and urbanisation. It pays particular attention to potential policies to alleviate poverty and enhance development. Some of the questions that will be discussed include: What is economic development? What is human development? How do poor public health and education affect development and what can be done about these issues? Why are there fewer women than men in some countries and how can improving their status help development? Is there a role for microfinance? How can foreign aid help? What are the impacts of rural-urban migration? What are the problems of the informal sector in cities? What are the impacts of inequality on urban spaces? How did cities originate and how are they changing?


On completion of the module a student should be able to

Students will gain knowledge and understanding of:

Students will also improve a number of skills they hopefully already have, and:

How the module will be delivered

The module consists of lectures, group and class discussions, group presentations, and the occasional use of a relevant video. The group and class discussions promote skills in communication, as does the group presentation. Most topics throughout the module are illustrated with at least one case-study, which helps put the concepts together.

Skills that will be practised and developed

 During the course of the module there will be plenty of opportunities to practise and master a number of skills. Students will be expected to: 

How the module will be assessed

Assignment 1 - Group presentation (15%) The Group presentations will also get detailed group and individual feedback, which will be part of the formative assessment of this module and will help students to improve their group work and presentation skills for other modules

Assignment 2 - Set of questions (55%)

Assignment 3 - Written Group Report (30%)

Glass and group debates (0%)

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Presentation 15
Group Presentation
N/A 1 N/A
Written Assessment 55
Set Of Questions
N/A 1 N/A
Report 30
Written Group Report
N/A 1 N/A

Syllabus content

Poverty, Economic Growth, Economic Development and Human Development. Measures (Gross National Income and Human Development Index). Millennium Development Goals. Inequality. Education. Financial markets, microfinance and insurance. Rural-Urban Migration.Gender. International aid. Health. The Urban Economy and Employment. Inequality in the city. History of Urban development.

Essential Reading and Resource List

Todaro, M. and Smith, S. 2009. Economic Development. 10th ed. Harlow: Addison-Wesley.

United Nations Development Programme. Human Development Reports 1990-2011. New York. 

Ray, D. 1998. Development Economics.Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 

Gray, A. ed. 2001. World Health and Disease. Buckingham: Open University Press. 

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. 2010. Millennium Development Goals Report 2010, New York. http://www.un.org/en/mdg/summit2010/documents.shtml

Lee, K., Buse, K. and Fustukian, S. eds. 2002. Health Policy in a Globalising World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Chapter 1: An Introduction to global health policy (Lee, K., Fustukian, S. and Buse, K.), pp. 3-17.
Chapter 2: The public health implications of multilateral trade agreements (Ranson, M.K., Beaglehole, R., Correa, C.M., Mirza, Z., Buse, K. and Drager, N.), pp. 18-40.
Chapter 5: Regulation in the context of global health markets (Kumaranayake, L. and Lake, S.), pp. 78-96.

 Sen, K. ed. 2003. Restructuring Health Services: changing contexts and comparative perspectives. London: Zed Books. 

Chapter 3: Trading Healthcare Away: the WTO’s General Agreement on Trade Services (GATS) (Sexton, S.), pp. 33-52
Chapter 16: The Role of the State in the Privatisation and Corporatisation of Medical Care in Andhra Pradesh, India (Narayana, K.V.), pp. 230-247.  

Webster, C. ed. 2001. Caring for health: history and diversity. 3rd ed. Buckingham: Open University Press. Chapters by Gray, A., and Walt, G.

Chapter 8: Health Care in the Developing World, 1974 to 2001 (Walt, G.), pp. 253 to 294.
Chapter 9: International Patterns of Health Care, 1960 to 1990s (Gray, A), pp. 295-326. 

Portes, A. and Schauffler, R. 1993. Competing perspectives on the Latin American informal sector Population and Development Review 19(3), pp. 33-60. 

Bridge, G. and Watson, S. 2000. A companion to the city. Oxford: Blackwell [particularly Chapters 21 and 23]. 

Duncan, O. 1961. From social system to ecosystem. Sociological Inquiry 31, pp. 140-149.

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