Undergraduate Course: Development Economics (ECNM10061)
|School||School of Economics
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course is designed to provide an in-depth introduction to some core topics in modern development economics. It is targeted at students with some knowledge of economic theory and econometrics at the undergraduate level.
This course is designed to cover a number of core topics in modern development economics. In doing so, it will survey recent articles from both the macro and micro literatures. At the macro level, we will discuss the roles of political and legal institutions, geography, international trade, as well as history in shaping the economic outcomes of different countries. At the micro level, we will discuss the inter-relationship between health, nutrition, education, and economic outcomes of different individuals/households.
The course is taught through a programme of lectures and tutorials. Learning-by-doing, through groupwork and presentations is an important ingredient of the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Economics 2 (ECNM08006)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students must have an equivalent of at least 4 semester-long Economics courses at grade B or above for entry to this course. This MUST INCLUDE courses in Intermediate Macroeconomics (with calculus); Intermediate Microeconomics (with calculus); Probability and Statistics; and Introductory Econometrics. If macroeconomics and microeconomics courses are not calculus-based, then, in addition, Calculus (or Mathematics for Economics) is required.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 3.5,
Summative Assessment Hours 2.5,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Group Presentation (25%)
Degree Exam (70%)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- A knowledge and understanding of key concepts, issues and models in development economics, along with empirical evidence on and policy implications of those models and a deeper understanding of recent research activity in some more specialised areas.
- Research and investigative skills such as problem framing and solving and the ability to assemble and evaluate complex evidence and arguments.
- Communication skills in order to critique, create and communicate understanding and to collaborate with and relate to others.
- Personal effectiveness through task-management, time-management, teamwork and group interaction, dealing with uncertainty and adapting to new situations, personal and intellectual autonomy through independent learning.
- Practical/technical skills such as, modelling skills (abstraction, logic, succinctness), qualitative and quantitative analysis and general IT literacy.
|Banerjee, A. & Duflo, E. 2011. ¿Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty¿, PublicAffairs.|
Readings will be assigned for specific topics as appropriate.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||See Learning Outcomes
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||1 x 2:00 Hour Lecture per week for 10 weeks
Tutorials to be arranged in addition
|Course organiser||Ms Soledad Giardili
|Course secretary||Ms Paula Kruyff
Tel: (0131 6)50 2008