The Developing World exam was not quite as difficult as I feared. While I didn’t refer to the readings as much as the instructors probably wanted, I do think I wrote solid and interesting answers. I wrote on:
- Does ‘dependency’ reduce the ways developing countries can benefit from globalization?
- ‘The moral case for aid is eroded by evidence that rich countries use aid to further their own geostrategic purposes. Discuss
- Have regional institutions helped improve security in developing countries?
And with that, my final exams are complete. By the end of the month, I will have my grades for them, as well as for my thesis. One enduring question is whether I should apply to graduate in absentia. That is the only way I am likely to graduate in the next year or so, but it would mean I could never attend a graduation ceremony. A complicating factor is that I will not technically have an M.Phil until I have formally received the degree.
In any case, I am going to try to get a bit healthier before tonight’s celebration once the last members of the program finish their exams. I also have my last high table dinner in Wadham tonight, as the term and my Senior Scholarship come to an end together.