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ECON2013 Development Economics

Module Overview

The module will introduce students to the economics of development.

Aims and Objectives

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


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 covers a number of topics related to economic development theories and empirical evidence on economic development.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module is taught through a combination of lectures and interactive seminar sessions where engagement and participation are expected.

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

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

Michael Todaro and Stephen Smith (2020). Economic Development . 


Assessment Strategy

This module is assessed by written coursework (95% of the final mark), in which students are asked to produce TWO economic reports on set questions/topics on a country of their choice, and through successful participation in class (5%). The first assessment counts for 20% of the marks and the second assessment submitted at the end of semester is worth 75% of the marks.


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual Coursework  (3000 words) 75%
Individual Coursework  (1000 words) 20%
Participation 5%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: ECON1001 OR ECON1003


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase reading texts as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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