From Poverty to Prosperity: Understanding Economic Development

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From Poverty to Prosperity: Understanding Economic Development

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How can poor societies become prosperous and overcome obstacles to do so? Professor Sir Paul Collier is one of the world’s leading scholars on this question, and in this economics course you will have the opportunity to learn from him directly.

This course will discuss and examine the following topics:

  • The role of government and the key political, social and economic processes that affect development;
  • Why societies need polities that are both centralised and inclusive, and the process by which these polities develop; 
  • The social factors that are necessary for development, including the importance of identities, norms, and narratives;
  • The impact of economic processes on development, including discussion about how government policies can either promote or inhibit the exploitation of scale and specialisation;
  • The external conditions for development, including trade flows, capital flows, labour flows and internation...

How can poor societies become prosperous and overcome obstacles to do so? Professor Sir Paul Collier is one of the world’s leading scholars on this question, and in this economics course you will have the opportunity to learn from him directly.

This course will discuss and examine the following topics:

  • The role of government and the key political, social and economic processes that affect development;
  • Why societies need polities that are both centralised and inclusive, and the process by which these polities develop; 
  • The social factors that are necessary for development, including the importance of identities, norms, and narratives;
  • The impact of economic processes on development, including discussion about how government policies can either promote or inhibit the exploitation of scale and specialisation;
  • The external conditions for development, including trade flows, capital flows, labour flows and international rules for governance.

Enrol in this course to understand the factors that influence economic development and the different development paths that countries across the world have taken.

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Sabuhi Z.AFANDIZADEH

10/10 starsTaking Now
4 months, 1 week ago
I consider the topics and concepts covered by this course are very important for developing countries such as my native country – Azerbaijan. In this course we’ll have a chance to learn about the role of government and the key political, social, and economic processes that elevate any society from poverty to prosperity and we’ll find the answer to the question how poor societies can become prosperous and overcome obstacles to do so? The content of this course also includes the social factors that are necessary for development, including the importance of identities, norms, and narratives, the external conditions for development, including trade flows, capital flows, labour flows and international rules for governance. I believe that by the end of this course we’ll understand the varied paths of development that different countries have taken. As come to the instructor, Professor Sir Paul Collier is one of the world’s leading scholars... I consider the topics and concepts covered by this course are very important for developing countries such as my native country – Azerbaijan. In this course we’ll have a chance to learn about the role of government and the key political, social, and economic processes that elevate any society from poverty to prosperity and we’ll find the answer to the question how poor societies can become prosperous and overcome obstacles to do so? The content of this course also includes the social factors that are necessary for development, including the importance of identities, norms, and narratives, the external conditions for development, including trade flows, capital flows, labour flows and international rules for governance. I believe that by the end of this course we’ll understand the varied paths of development that different countries have taken. As come to the instructor, Professor Sir Paul Collier is one of the world’s leading scholars on this topic, and it’s really important to have the opportunity to learn from him directly. His research covers the causes and consequences of civil war; the effects of aid and the problems of democracy in low-income societies that are rich in natural resources; urbanisation in low-income countries; private investment in African infrastructure and changing organisational cultures. From that point of view we’ll have a chance to learn from Professor Sir Paul Collier’s academic experience. As we know Oxford is one of the oldest universities of the world. It has been at the forefront of understanding the world and shaping it for centeries. For the intensity, breadth, quality and impact of its research, Oxford has few peers in the world. Research activity extends from the study of the formation of the Universe and the development of early civilizations, to making governments work better around the world, to high performance computing and the latest breakthroughs in medical science. Oxford’s outstanding academic researchers are today developing new ways of working together, across traditional disciplinary boundaries and across continents, to meet the key challenges of a modern, globalised world. The Blavatnik School of Government (BSG) is a global school of public policy founded in 2010 at the University of Oxford in England. They just teach students a world better led, a world better served, a world better governed. I wish all students great success who’ll take this course.
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Alabhya Dahal

10/10 starsCompleted
2 weeks, 1 day ago
Concept is great, and the instructor is superb. This course gives a new prospective to how the state came into existence and what approach do we need or has been done to keep in going and prospering. Really worth your time.
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Son Dao

10/10 starsCompleted
3 weeks, 6 days ago
I love this course , thank Sir Paul Collier. Wish to learn more about marco economic and political society like this course.
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Ibrahim Niftiyev

8/10 starsCompleted
1 month, 3 weeks ago
Sir Paul Collier is the best instructor among my online course experience on all this digital road I came during these 2 years. I think he is the main reason why this domain and course made me experience these great feelings. The dear professor explains a very sensible problem, poverty from the macro point of view. In the end of the course, you shape a clear approach how the exact society works, how it can be work better and of course, why we have all of these problems. Readings and real examples were very educating. Having a certificate from Oxford University is another enjoyable part of this amazing MOOC. Thanks, Sir Paul Collies, Oxford University, and edX team. Best Regards.
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Vivien Yen

10/10 starsCompleted
1 month, 3 weeks ago
I wish I signed up for this course early. Because of my late sign up, i left with limited time to complete the course and did not have time to fulfil the assignment when I was away. Therefore I missed the timeline for submission and did not make it before the closing date in early april. I hope this course will run again soon, meanwhile I will continue to listen to the lectures of Prof P. Collier till this course starts again. PLEASE REPEAT THIS COURSE
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8/10 starsCompleted
1 month, 4 weeks ago
The course was over all very intresting. Professor Collier is a very good instructor. Pety for leaving the grades of the assessments over to students!
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Janitha Senevirathna

10/10 starsCompleted
1 month, 4 weeks ago
Professor Paul Collier is an Excellent instructor. The best in the business I have met so far in my life. This is my first experience to learn from a foreign tutor and I could identify the significant gap in teaching in our developing world, in addition to the course content.
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Sifiso Ndlovu

8/10 starsCompleted
2 months ago
An integrated approach to developmental economics. Learners can easily relate to past and present examples. Insightful tools to help underdeveloped and developing economies. A refreshing and reassuring experience on my debut online course
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Georgina Phillips

10/10 starsCompleted
2 months, 1 week ago
Really engaging and interesting course - I learnt a lot about history, psychology and sociology as well as economics and development!
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Dilip Deshpande

10/10 starsCompleted
2 months, 2 weeks ago
The topic of the course is very important for all developing countries and for all who are connected to development, development finance, economics and would be very helpful to government officers, bankers, NGOs, consultants, business organisations and students. It discusses in detail how different countries have chosen different paths and what implications it has for the millions of common citizens. Thus the concept of narratives and mental frameworks is very important and how it helps or obstructs in development. If some of the ideas of the course could be implemented millions could be pulled out of poverty and misery. Thanks Sir Paul Collier for designing and offering the course on e-learning platform due to which many, like me, who can't dream of going to Oxford are now proud alumni of "virtual campus" of Oxford! Thanks and regards.
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Emiliya Apostolova

10/10 starsCompleted
2 months, 2 weeks ago
It was amazing course! I learned so much with so big pleasure. I would like to thank Sir Paul Collier and EDX. I am looking forward for new courses provided by Oxford with instructor Sir Paul Collier. Thank you once again!
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Victor Martin-Palacios

10/10 starsCompleted
2 months, 2 weeks ago
A wonderful online course on development, both complete and concise. We have learnt valuable insights into the political, cultural, economic and international faces of development from the hands of Sir Paul Collier (my most sincere gratitude, professor) and with the support of edX. Hopefully we will hear more about OxfordX soon!
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James S

10/10 starsCompleted
2 months, 2 weeks ago
Engaging instructor and interesting course. Hope to see more from Oxford University in the future. Thanks.
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Dylan Reddy

10/10 starsTaking Now
3 months ago
Thanks! So, 1/2 through your excellent course, now ready to learn more! Thank you to everyone, everyone, who has made this learning possible! Wonderful! Thanks!
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2 months, 2 weeks ago
I am not impressed at all with the random student grading system they use which essentially generates a random mark no matter how hard and thorough you work in this course. Random grading is demotivating and in my opinion reflects badly on any institution that adopts it. At least they allow you to pay for a Certificate after you pass in case some random student gives you a failing mark. OxfordX has taken what could be a great course and added a highly demotivating process to it. I only bothered completing because the essay itself was not that long..
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Dylan James Reddy

10/10 starsTaking Now
4 months ago
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Almisbah Almisbah

10/10 starsCompleted
4 months ago
I think I am going to learn new concepts and techniques of shifting from poverty to prosper economic situation namely the underdeveloped African countries like Sudan, South Sudan and Ethiopia.
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James Vithayathil

10/10 starsTaking Now
4 months ago
I believe this venture from your side and Oxford University will my wonders for the developing countries
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