Global Opportunities

ECO3033 : Development Economics

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module should aims to provide an understanding of:
1. The key theoretical models of growth and development
2. Key concerns faced by developing countries today and how to use economic tools and reasoning to develop a better understanding of these problems and potential solutions

The module will start by providing an introduction to development and measurement of key indicators of development. It will then proceed to discussing the seminal theories of growth and development. These theories and other empirical concepts will then be used to study key themes in development economics such as human capital (health and education), conflict, gender, and the importance of institutions etc.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will cover topics such as:
Models of growth and development (Lewis model, Big Push, O-ring)
Poverty and inequality (concepts and measurement)
Agriculture and land tenure
Urbanisation and migration (Harris-Todaro model)
Trade liberalisation and development
(Intuitive) introduction to causal inference
Geography and institutions
Public goods provision
Human capital: health, education and child labour
Credit, insurance, and microfinance
Fertility and gender

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture281:0028:0028 PiP (or online synchronous lectures in case of Covid restrictions in place)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion155:0055:00End-of module assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:006 PiP (or online synchronous debates in case of Covid restrictions in place)
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity150:0050:00Preparation for the debate and the group report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00One revision session: PiP (or online synchronous in case of Covid restrictions in place).
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study160:0060:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are the primary means of delivery of content to students. These provide an overview of the main topics and their treatment in earlier and current literature. Seminars require students to explore how economic analysis has been applied to particular topics recently and to give oral debates on their group work. Independent study involves following up on reading list references, library and website resources for oral debates, report submission, and examination preparation.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80The alternative assessment if PiP exams are not possible is a 24-hour takeaway online exam.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M20Group Report will be on the same topics as the debates.Half the students will submit report in s1/other half in s2. Report 2500-3000
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation1MOral debates on prescribed topics. Half the students will debate in semester 1 and the remaining half in semester 2
Oral Presentation2MOral debates on prescribed topics. Half the students will debate in semester 1 and the remaining half in semester 2
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The unseen written exam is an appropriate way to assess students' understanding of the subject and their ability to effectively answer questions within a given time frame.

In the case of an alternative assessment for semester 2 (80% of the module mark) being necessary due to circumstances, the Module Leader will in discussion with the DPD and the University, discuss possible acceptable online alternatives, such as a take home exam delivered online with a set time limit to complete (24 hours or less as deemed appropriate).

Debates (formative assessment) and accompanying reports provide scope for independent and in-depth investigation of a particular area of the syllabus, in collaboration with others.

Reading Lists