ECON3028J Development Economics

Academic Year 2023/2024

This course introduced students to the field of Development Economics. The object of the course is to equip students with a greater understanding of the process of economic development and the challenges faced by nations and individuals to transit out of poverty. The course covers a range of economic problems in developing countries and discusses - both from a theoretical and an empirical perspective - possible strategies to overcome these problems. Topics include measurement and theories of economic growth, inequality, and poverty reduction; nutrition and poverty traps; markets for land, credit, and insurance; agricultural transformation; and evaluation of development programs.

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Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to (i) identify and understand key aspects of the process of economic development and economic challenges of developing countries, (ii) apply economic analysis to these problems to formulate and evaluate possible policy responses, and (iii) draw independent conclusions when being confronted with arguments for and against current policy issues and their sometimes ambiguous evidence - ultimately to play an informed role in the struggle for economic development and poverty alleviation

Indicative Module Content:

Topics include:

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:

Lectures will include elements of tutorials and applications to real-world data using statistical software.
Sample exercises for each topic will allow students to self-assess their knowledge and study in groups. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
BDIC1047J - English for Uni Studies BDIC, BDIC1048J - English Gen Acad Purposes BDIC, BDIC2007J - English for Spec Acad Purposes, BDIC2015J - Acad Wrt & Comm Skills

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Continuous assessment Throughout the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Name Role
Daire Crotty Tutor
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