Economic development in Africa
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- Full Year
The aim of this course is to increase students' capacity to rigorously analyse a subset of critical issues facing policy makers in sub-Saharan Africa. Attention is paid to data quality and the statistical problems that are a feature of the best applied economic literature covering these countries. The heterogeneity of African economies is stressed and students are encouraged to focus their written work on particular sub-regions, countries and sectors. The course also emphasizes the importance of a detailed grasp of economic history as a basis for critically assessing generalised debates on the determinants of recent economic performance.
This course is the 0.5 unit version of:
available to students studying MA Area Studies programmes.
The course will be co-taught with the MSc equivalent.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Understand the major and minor strands in debates over African economic development. They will be able to apply their knowledge in constructing a critical analysis of the issues for a particular African country
- Will be able to use economic data appropriately.