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ECO3040 : Development Economics

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Smriti Sharma
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


The module aims to provide an understanding of the 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.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will cover topics such as:
- Introduction to development and measurement of key indicators of development
- (Intuitive) introduction to causal inference
- Agriculture
- Human capital: health and education
- Geography and institutions
- Credit and microfinance
- Fertility and gender
- Conflict
- Foreign aid

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture151:0015:0014 lectures + 1 pre-exam revision session
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study182:0082:00N/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 solve problem sets based on lectures and reading material.

Independent study involves following up on the reading list, solving problem sets for seminars, 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 Examination1202A100N/A
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises2MN/A
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.

Students will have informal feedback opportunities during seminars and the pre-exam revision session, as well as consultation hours that are regularly advertised to the students.

Reading Lists