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Department of Economics

BSc Development Economics Programme Structure 2012-13

Year 1

Courses in this year are common to both BSc Economics and BSc Development Economics. Students take 1 introductory core course, and 2 compulsory introductory courses, along with 1 ‘open option’.

Core Course:

(153400003) Introduction to Economic Analysis (core and compulsory)


Depending on mathematics background EITHER:

For those without A-level mathematics or equivalent:

(153400120) Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Economists (for those without A level mathematics or equivalent) (core and compulsory)


For those with A level mathematics or equivalent:

(153400121) Quantitative methods for economists (for those with A level mathematics grade A or B or equivalent) (compulsory)


(153400102) Comparative Growth in Asia and Africa (compulsory)


One open option from another department at SOAS. Please contact the relevant departments for information about available courses.

Year 2

Students take 2 core units 1 focusing on developing countries and 1 unit in economic analysis. In addition 2 optional units focusing on methods of analysis and concepts. Some students may prefer to take 1 optional course and 1 ‘open option’.

Course Courses:

(153400124) Issues in Development Economics (core and compulsory)

(153400107) Intermediate Economic Analysis (core and compulsory)


One compulsory unit if not already taken in year 1:

(153400121) Quantitative methods for economists


At least ONE or TWO of the following:
(153400103) Econometrics
(153400100) Banking and Finance
(153400106) International Economics

ONE open option may be taken. Please contact the relevant department for details.

Year 3

Students take 1 compulsory course on developing economies, and at least 2 optional units focusing on particular regions of Africa and Asia. As in Year 2, students may choose to take a ‘open option’ instead of an optional course.

ONE compulsory unit:
(153400109) Economics of Developing Countries II (compulsory)

At least TWO of the following:

(153400103) Econometrics
(153400108) Advanced Economic Analysis
(153400119) Applied Econometrics
(153400101) Economic Development of Africa
(153400011) Economic Development of South Asia
(153400012) Economic Development of South East Asia
(153400025) Economic Development of Modern China
(153400031) Economic Development of the Modern Middle East
(153400114) Independent Study Projects in Economics

(153400013) Economic Development of Japan since 1868

(153400126) Advanced Mathematical Methods - Not running 2014/15

(153400128) Environmental Economics - Not running 2014/15

(153400125) Global Economic Policy

(153400127) Gender Economics

(153400129) Labour Economics - Not running 2014/15

Final year students may not choose ANY first year courses as an open option.