Development Theories and Policies


a) To deliver a set of development-connected knowledge, both theoretical and empirical;
b) To assess, qualitatively and quantitatively, the underdevelopment;
c) To enforce analytical methodologies that allows characterising activities, wealth, human development and poverty spatial logics;
d) To master economic models explaining models;
e) To evaluate development policies.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Regina Faia Martins Salvador


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language





Dicken, P. (2014). Global Shift. Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy (7th ed.). London: Sage Publications Ltd.

Johnston, R.J., Taylor, P., Watts, M. (2002). Geographies of Global Change: Remapping the World (2nd ed.). London: Blackwell.

Knox, P. & Agnew, J. (2014). The Geography of the World Economy (6th ed.). London and New York: Routledge.

McCann, G. & McCloskey, S. (2015). From the Local to the Global. Key Issues in Development Studies (3rd. ed.). London: Pluto Press.

Potter, R., Binns, T., Elliott, J.A., Smith, D. (2008). Geographies of Development: an Introduction to Development Studies (3rd. ed). Pearson Prentice Hall.

Teaching method

Expositive and participative teaching; discussion of case-studies; field work.

Evaluation method

Written essay with oral presentation,followed by open discussion(40%), Written test (60%)

Subject matter

1) The Development concept
2) Development criteria and indicators
3) Development factors
4) Population and development
5) Rural development
6) Urbanisation and development
7) Environment and development
8) Development aid and the EU Cotonou agreement
9) Poverty alleviation policies
10) The Portuguese-Speaking Countries Community.


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