Checking date: 02/05/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Emerging countries
Bachelor in International Studies (Plan: 504 - Estudio: 305)

Coordinating teacher: HIDALGO TRENADO, MANUEL

Department assigned to the subject: Social Sciences Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Branch of knowledge: Social Sciences and Law

Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
Concept and alternative definitions and related measures. Transitions of developing country to emerging country and on to developed countries. Emerging countries in the world economy, economic specialization, foreign investment, economic policy, and migration. State and political institutions in emerging countries: political regimes, representative institutions, politicization of bureaucracy and legal systems, recruitment of political elites. political (in)stability and governability. Challenges of emerging countries: political economy and sustainable development in middle-income countries; development, growth, increased economic inequalities at the individual, regional and rural-urban level, and policies to manage it. The formation and consolidation of middle classes and their economic, social and political implications. Growth and environmental challenges on a regional, national and international level. Economic development and political systems and institutions.
Learning activities and methodology
Lectures: In the lectures we will discuss the readings and the critical evidence needed to test the main theories. Reduced lectures: Each week we will have presentations, debates based on the readings and discussions of the essays. Students will have to participate actively in class.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Chrysostome, E. . Capacity Building in Developing and Emerging Countries: From Mindset Transformation to Promoting Entrepreneurship and Diaspora Involvement . Springer. 2019
  • Desai, R. M. & Kharas, H. . Is a growing middle class good for the poor? Social policy in a time of globalization. Brookings . 2017
  • Grusky, D. and Hill, J. (eds.) . Inequality in the 21st Century: A Reader. Routledge . 2017
  • Kharas, H.. The Emerging Middle Class in Developing Countries. OECD Development Centre, Working Paper nº 285. 2010
  • Meier, G. and J. E. Rauch. Leading Issues in Economic Development. Oxford University Press. 2005
  • Milanovic, B.. Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization. Harvard University Press. 2016
  • Milanovic, B. . Capitalism, Alone: The Future of the System That Rules the World . Belknap Press. 2021
Additional Bibliography
  • Ostry, J. D., Berg A.y Tsengarides, C. G.. Redistribution, Inequality, and Growth. IMF. 2014
  • Stiglitz, J.. The Price of Inequality. W.W. Norton & Company. 2012

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.