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EC310: Topics in Development Economics

  • Yannick Dupraz

    Module Leader
  • Subhasish Dey

    Module Lecturer
15 CATS - Department of Economics
Spring Module

Principal Aims

EC310-15 Topics in Development Economics

Principal Learning Outcomes

Subject knowledge and understanding: … demonstrate an enhanced knowledge of microeconomic topics in development; The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures, background reading, and independent study.The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Assessed essay (2000 words) and unseen examination.

Subject knowledge and understanding: … demonstrate an improved awareness of the causes, consequences and possible remedies for serious Third World problems.The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures, background reading, and independent study.The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Assessed essay (2000 words) and unseen examination.

Subject knowledge and understanding: . . .demonstrate a greater awareness of selected institutional aspects of global poverty, conflict, trade and development.The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures, background reading, and independent study.The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Assessed essay (2000 words) and unseen examination.

Cognitive skills: … Apply critical analysis to the topics of the module, formulate concepts and hypotheses, and show how they are tested in relevant literature.The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures, background reading, and independent study.The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Assessed essay (2000 words) and unseen examination.

Key skills: … Communicate their knowledge and understanding to others The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures, background reading, and independent study.The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Assessed essay (2000 words) and unseen examination.

Professional skills: … Review the relevant literature and evidence.The teaching and learning methods that enable students to achieve this learning outcome are: Lectures, background reading, and independent study.The summative assessment methods that measure the achievement of this learning outcome are: Assessed essay (2000 words) and unseen examination.

Syllabus

The precise syllabus varies each year. Typically, the course is centred around a relatively limited number of themes that are explored in great depth. Example of themes explored in recent years are poverty traps, credit markets, the importance of trust and reputation and trade and development.

Context

Optional Module
GL11 - Year 3, GL12 - Year 4, L100 - Year 3, L103 - Year 4, L116 - Year 3, L1P5 - Year 1, L1PA - Year 1, LM1D (LLD2) - Year 3, LM1H - Year 4, V7ML - Year 3, V7MM - Year 4, V7MP - Year 3, V7MR - Year 3, LA99 - Year 3, R9L1 - Year 4, R3L4 - Year 4, R4L1 - Year 4, R2L4 - Year 4, R1L4 - Year 4, L1L8 - Year 3
Part-year Availability for Visiting Students
Available in the Spring term only (1 x 2000 word essay - 12 CATS) and in the Spring and Summer terms together (1 x 2000 word essay and 1 x 2 hour exam – 15 CATS)

Assessment

Assessment Method
Coursework (20%) + 2 hour examination (Summer) (80%)
Coursework Details
2000-word essay (20%), 2 hour examination (Summer) (80%)
Exam Timing
Summer

Exam Rubric

Time Allowed: 2 hours.

Answer FIVE questions out of SEVEN questions (20 marks each).

Approved pocket calculators are allowed.

Read carefully the instructions on the answer book provided and make sure that the particulars required are entered on each answer book. If you answer more questions than are required and do not indicate which answers should be ignored, we will mark the requisite number of answers in the order in which they appear in the answer book(s): answers beyond that number will not be considered.

Previous exam papers can be found in the University’s past papers archive. Please note that previous exam papers may not have operated under the same exam rubric or assessment weightings as those for the current academic year. The content of past papers may also be different.

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