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ECON2013 Development Economics

Module Overview

The module will introduce students to the economics of development.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module introduces students to the economics of development. At the end of this module, the student should: • have developed an awareness of the characteristics of developing countries, and of the diversity amongst them • be able to identify the economic problems facing developing countries • be able to apply economic analysis to those problems and to formulate and evaluate possible policy responses • have analysed one country in depth to assess its development problems and potential

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of less-developed countries, and of the diversity amongst them
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the economic problems facing developing countries
  • Have analysed one country in depth to evaluate its development problems and potential.
  • Apply economic analysis to those problems and to formulate and evaluate possible policy responses, including those recommended by institutions such as the World Bank

Syllabus

Explore some of the economic reasons that have led to this global inequality, and some of the steps that might be taken to relieve the situation. A unifying theme of this module is the role of markets and market failure in setting the pattern of past development, and the potential role of policy in the future. The course is structured around some apparent characteristics of developing countries and some assertions often made about their future prospects

Special Features

• 100% Coursework. • Providing students with the opportunity to apply Economic Theory. Feedback on this modules is provided in a number of ways: • We provide a masterclass designed to improve your ability to understand and interpret economic data relating to less-developed countries, which is examined through the first coursework; • Class sessions on this module are participative sessions designed to provide opportunities for interactive discussion, incorporating feedback opportunities; • The Blackboard site offers a comprehensive range of key information relating to the module.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module is taught through a combination of lectures and interactive seminar sessions.

TypeHours
Independent Study126
Teaching24
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Other. The Blackboard site provides further information, podcasts, reading lists and links to key

Economic Development. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

The coursework will require students to produce a report on a less-developed country of their choice, identifying key issues facing the country and showing how economic analysis can be applied to analyse those issues and suggest a policy response, as if by an expert reporting to the World Bank or other institution. This would comprise a country profile submitted for students to gain feedback (counting 20% of the marks) and a report on key areas submitted at the end of semester (80%).

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Individual Coursework 80%
Individual Coursework 20%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Linked modules

Prerequisites: ECON1001 or ECON1003 or ECON1009

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