ECM171-Development Economics

Module Provider: School of Politics, Economics and International Relations
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Subham Kailthya

Email: k.subham@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module focuses on both microeconomic and macroeconomic issues of development. It will provide a theoretical and empirical foundation to the economics of developing countries.


Aims:

To impart an understanding of microeconomic and 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 both microeconomic and macroeconomic issues in developing countries. Developing the tools to discuss and critically assess different areas of policy and empirical research.


Additional outcomes:

Students will develop general analytical skills and will also master the ability to work independently.


Outline content:

The macroeconomic topics may include:




  • Introduction to growth and development

  • Theories of growth

  • Institutions of development

  • Stages of growth



The microeconomic topics may include




  • Theories of factors markets in developing countries

  • Agricultural microeconomics

  • Institutions


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lectures will be used to introduce and discuss the material. Students are expected to prepare for lectures by reading recommended materials and to participate in any classroom discussions.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 21
Tutorials 5
Guided independent study 154 20
       
Total hours by term 180.00 20.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Written assignment including essay 20
Class test administered by School 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:

One 2 hour unseen written paper.



PGT examinations are held in the Summer term.


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

There will be one test for the macroeconomic element and one essay for the microeconomic element of the module, each worth 20% each.


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

Assessment requirements for a pass:

A minimum overall mark of 50%.


Reassessment arrangements:

Re-examination for all modules takes place in August.



Re-assessment is by examination only; coursework is not included at the second attempt.

 


Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 9 May 2018

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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