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Governance, Economics and Development (LUC)

From the wrenching poverty in the slums of Lagos, the projects of Chicago’s South Side, or the Parisian banlieues to the endless riches of Mayfair, Manhattan, and central Shanghai: anyone with a brain knows the world is an unequal place.

What fewer people dwell on is the fact that much of this inequality is man-made: over time, different societies have been organized in different ways, and it seems that these differences in governance produce wildly divergent results in terms of the quality of people’s lives. The core challenge of this programme is to better understand this connection and identify the ways in which governance can be used to enhance--impair--development and prosperity.

Major tracks:

  • Institutional Analysis (core track)

  • Policy Science

  • International Development

  • Comparative Politics

  • Political Economy

  • Economics

  • GED/EES co-convened track

  • GED/IJ co-convened track

Major requirements:

  • 15 EC: three compulsory 100-level courses, namely Institutions of Governance & Development, Introduction to Comparative Politics, Principles of Economics

  • 10 EC: Decision-making Processes (200-level) and Institutions in Time (300-level) in the Institutional Analysis core track

  • 15 EC: Methodology courses, to include Quantitative Research Methods

  • 10 EC: Capstone

  • 30 EC: additional courses within the GED Major, including at least three 300‐level courses. This may also include additional quantitative and methods oriented courses, including Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (300-level), Advanced Geographic Information Systems (300-level), and Calculus (100-level). These courses may be distributed however course perquisites allow and need not be constrained to a limited number of tracks.

  • NOTE: make sure to have at least 4 courses at the 300-level, which can include (300-level) method courses

Major overview: Link

NOTE: The Majors requirements as listed above apply to all students who start with their Major (i.e. Year 2) in 2018-2019. For the students who first enroll in our programme in 2018-2019 and who will therefore start with their Major (i.e. Year 2) in 2019-2020, the Major requirements will be different. For them, History of Science is no longer a compulsory Year 1 class. The 5ECTS of that course have been moved to the Major, meaning these students will need to complete 85ECTS towards their Major, including the compulsory Major-appropriate Research Design course:

EES: Research Design (EES)
GED: Foundations of Research Design
GPH: Research Design (GPH)
HD: Research Design (HD)
IJ: Research Design (IJ)
WP: Political Research Methods


Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Calculus 5
Foundations of Common Pool Resource Management 5
Institutions of Governance and Development 5
Introduction to Comparative Politics 5
Principles of Economics 5
Comparative Justice Systems 5


Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Comparative Party Systems 5
Modelling Bio-economic Dynamics 5
Geographic Information Systems 5
Quantitative Research Methods 5
Decision-Making Processes 5
Game Theory 5
Microeconomics 5
Political Economy of Natural Resources 5
International Economics 5
Politics and Development: Central and Eastern Europe 5
Politics and Development: Coming of Age in Africa 5
Politics of the Policy Process: Implementation and Evaluation 5
Environmental Policy 5
Macroeconomics 5
Political and Economic Foundations of Law 5
Foundations of Research Design 5
Political Economy: Asia 5
Political Economy: Africa 5
Politics of the Policy Process: Varieties of Bureaucracy and Governance Outcomes 5
Life Cycle Assessment 5


Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
History of Economic Thought 5
Environment & Development 5
Institutions in Time 5
Human Security: Poverty 5
Advanced Political Economy 5
Comparative Agenda Setting 5
Human Security: Food Security 5
Advanced Quantitative Research Methods 5
Public Policy Analysis: Corruption 5
Advanced Geographic Information Systems 5
Economic Growth and Development 5
SPOC: Development Project Management 10
Environmental Economics 5
Law, Governance & Development 5
Multi-Level Governance 5
Public Policy Analysis: Evidence Based Policy and Evaluation 5