Development Economics

Key information

Start date
End date
Year of study
Year 2 or Year 3
Term 1
Module code
FHEQ Level
Department of Economics

Module overview

This module is designed to introduce students to the major theoretical approaches and concepts in contemporary Development Economics. Both mainstream and heterodox approaches to Development Economics will be covered. Students will have the opportunity to critically engage with international development policy debates by unpicking the theories, frameworks and methods underpinning these debates. The module will apply theories to contemporary issues in low income countries, relying on a variety of case studies throughout.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module


Upon successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Understand and differentiate between different theories of growth and development.
  • Explain the major strengths and weaknesses of orthodox and heterodox theories of growth and development.
  • Recognise and explain the domestic issues of developing countries that influence their economies.
  • Identify and assess the influence and impact of international factors in the economies of developing countries.


Method of assessment

AS1 - 40% / AS2 - 30% / OR1 - 30%

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