Summary module description:
The module equips students with a critical understanding of the main issues surrounding macroeconomic policy making in developing countries. It covers economic growth and stabilisation as well as the role of institutions and industrial policy, all with a focus on structural change and poverty alleviation.

Aims:
To impart an understanding of macroeconomic issues in developing countries, and the ability to use the theoretical tools provided to critically assess different areas of policy making.

Assessable learning outcomes:
A good understanding of macroeconomic issues in developing countries, particularly the theoretical tools to critically assess different areas of macroeconomic policy. Also, students will acquire knowledge of examples from specific developing countries which allow them to exercise their analytical skills.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
- Introduction to growth and development
- Theories of growth
- Growth empirics
- Geography and development
- Institutions of development
- Stages of growth

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The topics of the syllabus are presented and discussed in 9 lectures of 2 hours each, complemented with a 2-hour seminar in which students apply the tools acquired in the lectures to analyse specific countries’ experiences.

Students are also part of a mailing list that keeps them informed about events and new learning materials (scientific papers, newspaper articles, websites) and through which they can raise questions of general interest to the group.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 80
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Class test administered by School 50

Other information on summative assessment:
One written test of 1 hour at the end of the Spring term (worth 50%).
Either one 3000 word essay or two shorter written pieces (50%). A choice of broadly defined topics is given from those covered in lectures and seminars.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
A weighted average coursework mark of 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:
By the submission of a written 3,000 word essay on a new topic by the last Friday in August of the same academic year.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books: If you consider purchasing the books, the RRP is indicated as below:
Ray, D. (1998) Development Economics, Princeton University Press: £31
Jones, C. I.(2015) Introduction to Economic Growth: £48 (2002 edition costs £15 and covers all the relevant chapters)
[Please note that much cheaper purchase options are available and both the books can be borrowed from the University library]

2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding: Photocopying and printing costs:
Photocopying relevant book chapters: £10 (if books are not purchased)
(optional) Printing lecture slides: £12 (available on Blackboard)
(optional) Printing journal articles: £20 (available through the library's online journal subscription)

5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 21 December 2016

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