8.1. – 9.3.2018

Introduction to Development Economics

Introduction to Development Economics
Course Dates: 08.1.2018-9.3.2018
Registration Period: 1.12.2017-29.12.2017
Course Title: Introduction to Development Economics
Coordinating University: University of Helsinki
Coordinator: David Lawson (unipiddevecon@gmail.com)
Credits: 5 ECTS
Course Level: General

Course Summary:
The course aims to provide an outline of the main issues underpinning development economics today, by outlining simple theory and providing extensive applied evidence from developing countries.
The lectures and supplementary reading will provide a theoretical understanding of the main development issues � with a strong focus on current issues of development economics � particularly poverty and extreme poverty, but also a focus on economic growth and the role of the public sector (including taxation and expenditure) in economic development
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The course will provide applied developing country examples, and individually assessed work exercises, focused around the abovementioned topics. For example, students will critique the relationship between economic growth and poverty and critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses associated with poverty and other measures of economic development.
No prior knowledge of development economics is assumed.

Objectives:
On completion of the course, students will be able to:
  • Understand, critique and apply the main theories and principles of economic development, particularly in relation to economic growth and poverty..
  • Understand the linkage between theory and practice - particularly when looking at empirical country data for SSA,, in relation to the growth-poverty linkage. 
  • Develop analytical skills relevant to the assessment of these different economic development principles.
  • Examine the main sources of economic and social data relevant to economic development � particularly in relation to economic growth and (extreme/chronic) poverty analysis.
  • Understand the knowledge and skills acquired to the study of the main forces sustaining and limiting economic development today, and the design of effective policy interventions.
Learning methods:
  • Reading,
  • Lectures (ppoint),
  • Pre-course questionnaire (sent on the start date of the course)
  • Focus work sheet exercises � from which students will be required to submit answers/one page summaries of reviewed evidence and literature and case studies � all based on online sourcing;
  • Individual short work assignments based on the lectures/development economics literature readings.
  • Final assessment essay
All materials will be in English

Study materials:
Texts, www-materials � access to internet essential

Assessment:
Grade 0-5.
The final mark will consist of:
1) One short essay (1000 words) - 25%
2) One final essay (3000 words). � 75%

Additional information:
Targeted level of students is at the BA level 2nd or 3rd year students or MA level students. The maximum number of students is 40.

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Registration for this course opens 1.12.