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Department of Economics

Economics of developing countries (II)

Course Code:
Unit value:
Year of study:
Year 3
Taught in:
Full Year

Please note that this course is capped at limit of 25 students

This course extends the treatment pursued in Economics of Developing Countries I. It provides a critical overview of economic policy challenges of developing countries. Topics that will be addressed include: sustainable development and environmental challenges; planetary boundaries, consumer capitalism and modes of development; the financial sector and economic development; financial globalisation and economic growth; currency and debt crises; the resource curse; the 'middle income trap'; global rules and policy space for developing countries; the role of the state in economic development.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Obtain a thorough understanding of the major concepts of economic development, the factors that drive or inhibit development, and the policy choices faced by policy makers.

Method of assessment

Assessment weighting: Exam 80% / Coursework 20%. Resubmission of coursework regulations do not apply to this course.

Suggested reading

Students are advised to consult the reading list available on BLE.