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This course is part of the SDG initiative <> addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals, specifically for the following SDGs [1, 8, 10 and 16]. We hope you will join in our efforts to reach the SDG’s in small but measurable and actionable ways, cooperating with Development Done Differently. Expand your impact. You can create a better world. In today’s world, politics and economics are interconnected, but what is the nature of this connectivity? What are the power relationships that shape the world economy today and create new challenges for international institutions facing globalization? What makes some countries wealthier than others? Do we face cultural diversity or fragmentation? Does the type of governance effect economic development and social change or is it the other way around? How do we measure it and how trustworthy is the data? These issues and many more will be examined in this course along with a wide library of sources and a biting criticism....

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Feb 23, 2021

The course is great! It took me longer time to complete it. It was an sponsored course. But when I finally completed the course, I am being asked to pay for the certificate. I am very disappointed.

Jan 16, 2018

It was really an amazing course. I like Prof Griffith's approach and his diligence. I have learnt a lot and the course helped me to sharpen my understanding about political economy. Thanks a lot.

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Nov 12, 2017

Simply presented and at the same time so informative! You don't have to be an expert to understand. I would definitely recommend it. Thank you for this course Mr.Griffiths and Leiden Universiteit :) .

By Borremans J

Jun 27, 2019

Very well structured course providing facts and figures enabling us to understand our world. The professor takes extreme care in explaining the data and their limitations . I found extremely useful to be warned that just because we are dealing with figures comparisons are sometimes misleading ex. turnover of a company like Walmart and the GDP of a state. The course is always very useful in understanding the origins and effects of aid, FDI, trade , and finance. From a certain viewpoint it is disappointing to learn that institutions like the World Bank and the IMF have not really delivered on the great expectations that they probably created when they were set up. The way to development is a pilgrimage and sometimes a roller caster with the possible exception of China. Unavoidably one gets into a dialogue with the course. Trump might be the elephant in the room .

By Jaksilik U K u

Jun 24, 2020

This is an amazing opportunity for everyone, who wants to know more about interactions of policy and economy. After finishing it, I have started to look at different datas given by institutions more critically . I have discovered for myself new issues related to diversity in society. Last but least, I have explored new assessment criterias of Good governance. I would also recommend this course for people, who wants to know about classic theories of Economy and also for people who wants to learn how to make a qualitative research. Thank you very much Prof. Richard Thomas Griffiths and University of Leiden.

By Jenny I

Mar 3, 2018

Excellent introduction to political economy of institutions and development! I earned my master degree in international devleopment 10 years ago. This not only provided me with refresher but also broadened my perspectives about how the global insitutions were constructed and what new challenges we are facing today. I like all the video lectures - all well done and throught out. I also learnt a lot from peers through the small discussions. Thank you so much for organising the course!

By Stephanie A

Feb 26, 2020

I strongly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in gaining a better insight into the interplay between politics and the economy on a local and international level and how it affects development and current political and economic affairs. Every model consists in a balanced mix of factual content and context leading to a comprehensive understanding of the "Political Economy of Institutions and Development".

By Daniel J B

Jun 22, 2020

The course was really eye-opening and interesting. Don't worry if you don't have a background in economics or in political science, the course is accessible enough if you're willing to spend more time reading the reading material from the course. I was a bit overwhelmed by the end of the course as some of the subjects are a little hard to grasp at first and require a bit of reading but every second of it is worth it.

By Chalachew A

Jun 15, 2020

Political Economy of Institutions and Development demonstrates the links between globalization and international organizations. The roles played by the UN, WTO, IMF, International Organizations etc to maintain the votes of developed countries is well discussed. Lesson learned - local organizations such as AU in Africa should do their own job to combat the challenges of voice grabbing.

By Nam

Dec 30, 2018

Professor Griffin is an amazing lecturer, and knows how to use simple language to break down diverse and intersecting topics into digestible chunks. His own point-of-view, experience, and personal anecdotes add lots of spice to the lectures. There is a good combination of conventional and critical analysis offered to keep the students engaged.

By Prosper W A

Nov 16, 2018

The professor taught the class in simplicity but insightful so much so that even non-politically or non-economically inclined participant could grasp the course in it totality with ease. Great job professor!!! I learned so much in the short span of the course than I have learned in my entire life in both politics and economics..

By Andrew P

Jul 13, 2018

Fantastic adaptation of the material to an online classroom. Gives an expansive and critical view of the institutions, policies, and environments guiding our world today. The professor was candid and gave accurate analysis of contemporary issues, while keeping the material light and interesting. Would recommend to others!

By Bradley ( G

Jun 13, 2020

This was an excellent course for those looking for an Introduction to Global Political Economy! I cannot recommend it enough for those interested in Global Policy, or a more qualitative viewpoint on Political Economy and the issues in applying various economic concepts to international issues.

By stefano r

Mar 16, 2019

A great learning experience from thematic maps, to economics and social culture isseues, lead by Prof. Thomas Griffiths. I suggest to everyone to attend this course, able to enrich our mind with new tools and better understand the world with a more comphrensive perspective.

By Albertus S

Nov 18, 2018

Very good for an introduction into political economy and its relationship to development. The critical perspective that is taken is also really good for encouraging students to think and question for themselves. I would definitely recommend this course

By Isabelle S

Feb 24, 2020

A very insightful class to be introduced to the concept and the fundamental pillars of political economy. An entertaining and dynamic professor, with loads of interesting maps to understand the key concepts concretely. Thank you!

By sixtus u o

Nov 5, 2018

A very rich knowledge and great experience gained, now i feel more confident to talk about Governance and Economic Development especially in an ethnic diverse society like Nigeria. Thank You very much.

By Roy D

Feb 24, 2021

The course is great! It took me longer time to complete it. It was an sponsored course. But when I finally completed the course, I am being asked to pay for the certificate. I am very disappointed.

By Henok G T

Jan 17, 2018

It was really an amazing course. I like Prof Griffith's approach and his diligence. I have learnt a lot and the course helped me to sharpen my understanding about political economy. Thanks a lot.

By Ms. N R (

Mar 1, 2021

Very good course and I can apply to my current work. Thank you very much. Sir, Prof.Richard Thomas Griffiths and all your team members. Please stay safe and be healthy.

By Ramiro A Z

Jul 31, 2020

I like the modules and subjects presented by the instructor. It was a great course. Pretty good if you are pursuing a career in International Development or Economy.

By Margarito Z

Mar 31, 2019

Muchísimas gracias a todos los que hicieron posible este maravilloso curso de excelencia, es un honor y una gran satisfacción aprender de esta manera. Mil gracias.

By Hannah L

Oct 17, 2017

It was very engaging with an appropriate mix of qualitative and quantitative. I particularly enjoyed the walk through the great thinkers at week 11.

By César S P O

Jun 15, 2020

Very great and useful content in this course, reliable and inspirational, by mistake i finished the last test, before to receive my honor grades

By Ikedinachi O

Sep 5, 2018

This course was very interesting and useful to the understanding of the social and economic systems and the global development process.

By Juan S R R

Dec 12, 2017

The course is good although, definitely need to be update because the information provided in it is out of date.

By Taiwo T A

Apr 5, 2020

The Quiz structure was quite different. I am happy I finished this and I will be adding it to my file.