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Course Overview

This course on Development Economics focuses on the countries of the developing world and tries to ascertain how low-income economies can be set on a track of sustained economic development in order to reduce poverty and achieve levels of wealth akin to developed economies.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Harminder Battu

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EC3006 Development Economics (Studied)
  • (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Development economics, like economics generally, is a subject where there is often much controversy: about how to define an issue, about the economic mechanisms which are at work and how they work, about the respective roles of the market and of the state, and much else. Consensuses may form – often for short periods of time – before fresh controversies break out.  This means that there are not always “correct” answers or a single way of looking at an issue but the compensation is that development economics is a subject of lively debates.
This course seeks to explore the main debates in development economics.  The majority of the lectures are devoted to a close examination of the evolution of arguments about some topic, with perhaps a particular focus upon a number of key contributions to the literature.  This focus upon the important debates means that, inevitably, the course cannot be comprehensive in its coverage.  The initial lecture of each section of the course seeks to set out an overview of the main issues but there is a limit to how much can be achieved in a single lecture.  Consequently, you will have to put in the work yourself to fill in the gaps. One of the key ways of doing this is reading the relevant chapter or sections of the course textbook (Alain De Janvry and Elisabeth Sadoulet, (2016), Development Economics: Theory and Practice)

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1500- word essay - 33.33%

1500- word essay - 33.33%

Problem set - 33.34%

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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