Development Economics, 7.5 credits (770G02)

Development Economics, 7.5 hp

Course description

This course explores analytical and policy issues related to poverty reduction and sustainable development. The purpose is to provide an understanding of the findings and recommendations of recent and sometimes technical economic analyses related to the growth and poverty implications of development policies, aid reforms and international agreements. After a discussion of development, poverty and an introduction of some basic economic relationships, the course turns to individual policy areas. In addition, the course covers how to measure and evaluate the efficiency of foreign aid, both in general and specific policies.

Main field of study

Economics

Level

First cycle

Course type

Single subject course

Examiner

Gazi Salah Uddin

Course coordinator

Gazi Salah Uddin

Director of studies or equivalent

Linnea Tengvall

Available for exchange students

Yes

Contact

Kostas Mitropoulos, International coordinator

Åsa Carmesten, study adviser

Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus VOF
Single subject course (Full-time, Day-time) Autumn 2019 v201949-202003 English Linköping

Main field of study

Economics

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level

G1X

Entry requirements

EAt least one year of full-time undergraduate studies with at least 30 ECTS credits in Economics or equivalent. Documented knowledge of English equivalent to Engelska B/Engelska 6. Exemption for Swedish 3/B.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the students should be able to:

- describe the problems of less developed countries and developing countries;

- cultivate the analytical and critical skills relevant to economic development in developing countries;

- access, process and interpret a variety of data related to poverty, growth, trade, climate change, remittances and etc.

- understand the role international organization including World Bank, United Nation, UNFCC and WTO for development issues.

- thinking about contemporary policy issues in the line of sustainable development  in developing countries.

Course content

This course explores analytical and policy issues related to poverty reduction and sustainable development. The purpose is to provide an understanding of the findings and recommendations of recent and sometimes technical economic analyses related to the growth and poverty implications of development policies, aid reforms and international agreements. After a discussion of development, poverty and an introduction of some basic economic relationships, the course turns to individual policy areas. In addition, the course covers how to measure and evaluate the efficiency of foreign aid and specific policies for global climate change.

The course provides an selected issues in economic development including theory, evidence and policy. The course will concern on the related themes of poverty, poverty measure, growth, Trade and climate change. The course discusses the definition of poverty and analyzing the   growth performance in different countries. The course will then analyse global climate change: theory and application in different countries and the role of international institution. The course will discuss the recent literature and analytical methods used for examining contemporary issues of economic development including aid efficiency, micro finance, women empowerment, industrialization, migration, remittances and etc.

Teaching and working methods

The course is taught through lectures and seminar and student presentations and participations. The quantitative methods course also includes hands-on training in the use of World Development Indicator of World Bank Data base. During the course, Students will be required to complete a number of case study as well as writing an term paper in groups or individual based on the class size. Langage of instruction: Swedish or English

Examination

The course assessment based on course assignments and a final written exam. Detailed information can be found in the course study guide.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.

Grades

ECTS, EC

Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.

Department

Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling

Books

Todaro, Michael P., Smith, Stephen C., (2012) Economic Development, 11th ed., Pearson.

ISBN: 9780138013882

(There is a 12th ed., which is more expensive, and not necessary for the course.)

EXAM Examination EC 7.5 credits

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