ECON30410 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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Curricular information is subject to change

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

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures will include 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
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Final Exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: In class test Week 6 No Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Sample exercises with solutions will be provided throughout the semester

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Fri 11:00 - 11:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Wed 15:00 - 15:50