International Development Specialisation

Specialization Description

The specialization in International Development provides an opportunity for second year master students to obtain a comprehensive and contemporary academic experience in the field of international development studies.
The specialization in International Development is available to students who are enrolled in our International Economy and Business (MSc) programme at the Corvinus University of Budapest. The completion of the specialization is indicated in the master degree.
The Institute of World Economy provides core courses for the first year of the programme, and a bunch of specialization courses for the second year of it. The shortlisted courses reflect on the hottest issues of globalization, climate change, sustainable development, institutions and policies of development, migration studies, peace security and conflict studies. The programme also helps students to develop their thesis writing skills and English academic vocabulary in the framework of a Research Design course.

Courses of the Specialisation ‘International Development’

Climate Change and Sustainable Development (Syllabus)
Development Economics II – Institutions and Development (Syllabus)
Dissertation Seminar I.
Dissertation Seminar II.
Globalization, Financial Crises and Development (Syllabus)
Human Development and Security
International Development Policy

Core Courses of the First Year

Comparative Economics
The aim of the course is to understand the logic and the different forms of industrial and post-industrial economies. What are the economical and social differences between the capitalist and socialist (communist) countries? Why did state socialism collapse in Central and Eastern Europe? The course provides a solid theoretical basis for the comparative analysis of the social transition in Eastern Europe and China.
Economics of Transnational Corporations
What are the wider world economic effects of the TNC’s activities? What are the driving forces behind these vast companies? How can their behaviour and strategy be influenced by nation states? This course aims to steer clear of oversimplifying generalizations concerning TNC’s and embraces a more in-depth and complex approach. Contains Complex theoretical knowledge, seminar group work, simulation games.
International Economic Order
This course provides a solid ground for a better understanding of the logic behind real-world events in the global economy, utilizing a unique approach by combining international economics and international political theory.
International Economics
A generalized economics course in the light of world events and economic analysis, drawing attention to issues of economic policy and world trade alive and important today. You will be involved in group mind-mapping exercises based on relevant topics, and we will strengthen your problem-solving skills with theoretical and mathematical knowledge.
International Financial Markets
How do global and regional financial markets work? How are interest rates and exchange rates determined? What techniques are used to make international investment decisions? Contains: highly theoretical and analytical lectures + seminars with real-world exercises relating to investment decisions.
International Political Economy
In our Master Program of Economy and Business, it is useful to see economics from two angles: the enterprise and its socio-economic environment. The strategic input for companies is managing these interfaces with its environment, which is created and influenced by government and its impact on competition and industrial policy among other. Contains: real-life examples from multinational corporations.
Advanced Quantitative Methods
This course covers all the advanced statistical methods you need for measuring macroeconomic performance, including calculation of different economic and social indices and beyond GDP indicators. Throughout the course, the most up-to-date international statistical methods and the main sources of data distortions will also be discussed. Contains: teamwork on case studies.
Development Economics
The course contains intense multi-disciplinary training with both macroeconomic and microeconomic approaches to identify the major challenges and the changing reality of the Global South.Introducing relevant theories, best practices, new concepts and case studies to improve the ability to think critically, whilst using clear methodology. Contains: Intense group work, interactive lectures, discussing issues.
Economics of Global and Regional Integration
Globalisation conceived as a global integration. There are more than 150 regional integrations in the world, the most advanced among them is the EU. The course gives you an overview of forms, costs, and benefits of integration from free trade area to economic union, mentioning actual issues. You will strengthen integration analysis skills, ability to professionally value a political and/or economic cooperation.
International Business Economics
The course focuses on international strategies and operations of enterprises, management concepts, and techniques. Contains lectures, discussions, group projects.