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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 the Quantitative Research Methods course

  • 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


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


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


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