MA Political Economy (Standard Route) / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Economic Development

Unit code MGDI60711
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Global Development Institute
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

The course aims to provide a thorough review and critical assessment of contemporary issues in economic development, covering the main analytical approaches, empirical evidence and policy issues in development economics.

 

Aims

The course unit aims to provide a thorough review and critical assessment of contemporary issues in economic development, covering the main analytical approaches, empirical evidence and policy issues in development economics.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the unit students will be able to:

Understand and apply the main theories and models of economic development;

Understand the role of markets and institutions in facilitating economic development;

Develop analytical skills relevant to the assessment of these different theories and models of economic development, including inference from economic models and empirical data;

Search, access, and examine the main sources of economic and social data relevant to economic development;

Apply the knowledge and skills acquired to the study of the main forces sustaining and limiting economic development today, and the design of effective policy interventions.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures (2 hours a week) and seminars/tutorials

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 30%
Written assignment (inc essay) 70%

Feedback methods

Written feedback will be provided via Blackboard (Turnitin) within 15 working days after submission.

Recommended reading

There is a long reading list, which mostly consists of academic articles.


However, here are some indicative textbooks:

Armendariz, B. and J. Morduch.(2010). The Economics of Microfinance, The MIT press.

Banerjee and Dufflo (2011). Poor Economics. Pearson.

Beck, Maimbo, Faye and Triki (2011). Financing Africa. The World Bank.

Banerjee, Benabou and Mookherjee (2006), Understanding Poverty, Oxford University Press.

De Janvry, Gordillo, Platteau, Sadoulet (2001). Access to Land, Rural Poverty and Public Action, Oxford University Press.

Easterly, W. (2001). The Elusive Quest for Growth, The MIT Press. 

Fafchamps, M. (2004). Market Institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa. The MIT Press

Hoff, Braverman and Stiglitz (1993). The Economics of Rural Organization, Oxford University Press.

Ray, D. 1999. Development Economics, Oxford University Press.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Tutorials 6
Independent study hours
Independent study 124

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Ralitza Dimova Unit coordinator

Additional notes

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