The second of the retrospect series (if I could say):
This was an optional module which only a few of us had taken thus I hope it would give the others an insight of what the module was all about.
This module looked into the various issues that affect planning in the Developing or the Third World Countries. How the economies of these countries are effected by various global and local patters such as migration, globalisation, service industries etc. which eventually effect the entire policy making and the planning of the same.
Also how the developed countries have had a major impact on shaping such economies was a very interesting subject to learn as i could compare and understand, being from a developing country and studying in a developed country. The urge of the developing countries (some of them) to reach the standards of the developed countries bring with it so many challenges and in the process certain aspects are affected and certain flourish. For eg. the economy may flourish, but at the same time the condition of the people are affected which eventually is the direct implication of the planning norms and policies. But also the developed countries impact on the economy is, in certain cases, so strong that it forces a complete different phenomenon which certain countries cant deal with. For eg: the introduction of service sectors in countries like India and China has led to the development of various gated societies for its employees, which in-turn affects the poor people as either their land is taken away or they are displaced to poorer locations, and the planning policies have to adapt if the country has to grow economically.
It was a enriching experience learning about the imbalance that is caused; but at the same time the optimism that it will someday improve to developed standards some time overlooks the certain negatory aspects.