Global Challenges: Prosperity

Vakbeschrijving Global Challenges: Prosperity
Collegejaar: 2014-2015
Studiegidsnummer: 8001Y108Y
Docent(en):
  • Dr. A.K.O. Ahmadov
  • Dr. B.C. Zicha
  • Dr. D.W.L. Ehrhardt
  • Farid Boussaid
  • Dr. Jessica Kiefte-de Jong
  • D.J. Zetland
Voertaal: Engels
Blackboard: Ja
EC: 5
Niveau: 100
Periode: Semester 2, Blok III
Onderwijstijd in uren
(excl. zelfstudie):
35:00 uur
  • Geen Keuzevak
  • Geen Contractonderwijs
  • Geen Exchange
  • Geen Study Abroad
  • Geen Avondonderwijs
  • Geen A-la-Carte en Aanschuifonderwijs
  • Geen Honours Class

Tag(s)

First-year programme

Admission Requirements

None.

Description

Do human societies progress? It seems uncontestable that some societies have made immense leaps forward over the last 200 years, reaching levels of wealth and welfare that had long been unthinkable. Technology, in all its guises, has been an essential driver of this progress. At the same time, however, it is clear that welfare has been unevenly spread: while Norwegians on average live until they are 81 and face a 0.3% chance that their newborn baby will die before the age of 5, Malians only live for 51 years and face a 13% chance of child mortality. To account for this global inequality in development, social scientists argue that innovation and human welfare are contingent on certain political, economic, and social systems (or ‘institutions’). This course introduces students to the ways in which institutions shape human welfare and the ‘right’ institutions can be designed and reinforced. As such, it provides students with the social scientific tools to understand and address the global challenges of good governance, international development, and public health.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will:

  • Be able to reflect on the meanings, measurements, and drivers of prosperity and human welfare;
  • Be able to apply several core analytical tools from the social sciences to the study of prosperity and human welfare; and
  • Have practiced translating the scholarly literature on prosperity into practical policy recommendations.

Assessment

Class-participation
In-class assessments
Short essays
Policy paper

Talen