Governance, Economics and Development (BSc)
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 - or impair - development and prosperity.
- Policy challenges in the rich or poorer world
- Programme structure
- After Governance, Economics and Development
The BSc in Governance, Economics, and Development (GED) brings together knowledge from the main social science disciplines to train you to begin thinking about how governance can help to improve people’s lives. You will be trained in fundamental skills of clear writing, rigorous analysis and state-of-the-art qualitative and quantitative research tools and methods.
The major Governance, Economics and Development is the right one for you if you are curious about:
- Electoral systems and their consequences for the quality of policy making and representation;
- Ways to design health care systems to optimally balance quality and equal access;
- The effects of gender quota on the quality of decision-making in Indian village councils;
- The extent to which the ‘resource curse’ really exists;
- The complex trajectories that lead to electoral violence, riots, or even civil wars;
- How organizations and firms can be better organized to be more accountable, and
- Ways in which human beings make (ir)rational economic decisions.
Besides the core tracks in policy science and international development, you can select specific tracks within political science, regional studies, political economy, and economics.
Additionally, you take a set of courses in research methodology. This ensures that you will master the fundamentals of qualitative empirical analysis, basic scientific programming and advanced undergraduate statistics with the most advanced tools used by professionals.
In our e-prospectus you can find a full overview of courses.
Broad disciplinarity coupled with the methodologically coherent training that comprises the GED curriculum provides a solid foundation for admission to competitive graduate programmes in:
- Political Science
- Public Administration
- Public Policy
- International Development
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