This course is designed to equip the student with concepts of market, state and policy; the process of policy making; globalization and national policies; policy analysis framework; the concept of institutions; institutions and development; institutional perspectives on relative roles of markets and states in (rural) development; institutional change: improving rural financial markets and farm credit, cooperative institutions and agricultural development, change in rights to the use of land; institution and natural resource management; food policy and food security; women and polices; HIV/AIDS: a policy challenge.