Who should attend
Participants need no specific academic qualifications.
About the course
‘From Poverty to Prosperity: Understanding Economic Development’ is the first MOOC offered by the University of Oxford. It will help people understand how their community and country can flourish, wherever they are in the world.
Led by Sir Paul Collier, the School’s globally renowned Professor of Economics and Public Policy and author of the acclaimed book The Bottom Billion, our first ever Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) examines the vital role government plays in economic development, analysing the political, social and economic factors that elevate any society from poverty to prosperity.
The course is aimed at anyone with an interest in economic development, from university students and people working in government and NGOs, through to education and business professionals around the world, active and engaged citizens who are passionate about the development of their countries. They will find the course, delivered by a world-leading expert on the topic, a useful tool to understand how political and social foundations interact with economic opportunities in developing countries.
The course presents the most recent theories on economic development through video lectures, and apply them to case studies of individual countries, as well as comparative analysis, readings, quizzes, assignments and discussion forums. At the end of the course, students will be able to understand the factors that influence development and the different development paths that countries across the world have taken.
Following a very successful launch in February 2017, the course has been run twice more, incorporating feedback received from learners.
Participants need no specific academic qualifications. The course outline is as follows:
- Module 1: From anarchy to a centralised state
- Module 2: From centralised to inclusive states
- Module 3: Power, identities & narratives
- Module 4: Growth through urbanisation & industrialisation
- Module 5: Natural resources and aid
Module 6: External influences: Trade, migration, international governance rules, and military intervention
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Sir Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and a Professorial Fellow of St Antony’s College. From 1998–2003 he took a five-year Public Service leave during which he was Director of the Research Development Department of the World Bank. He is...
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