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EC4419   Economics of Development

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm Tue.

The module covers some important theoretical and practical aspects of development economics. In low income countries markets often fail, wealth can be distributed very unequally and the quality of governance can be variable. International markets matter for trade and aid while international bodies such as the World Bank play a crucial role. Understanding the causes of underdevelopment can help us understand how to unlock the sustained growth experienced by developed economies. Specific topics can include income inequality, poverty, education, corruption, gender, foreign investment, aid, microfinance and international trade policy. The course will draw on evidence across countries and over time, with an emphasis on developing an analytical understanding of the applied issues.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 20 hours of lectures over 11 weeks, 1-hour tutorials (x 5 weeks) plus 1 office hour (x 12 weeks).

Scheduled learning hours: 25

Guided independent study hours: 175

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework (including class test 25%) = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 75%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 25%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr M A Leighton
Module teaching staff: Dr M Leighton and Dr V Saxena