ECON 7058 - Development Economics PG
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code ECON 7058 Course Development Economics PG Coordinating Unit School of Economics Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible ECON 3501 Assumed Knowledge ECON 7071, & either ECON 7241 or ECON 7011 Restrictions Available to MFin&BusEc, GCertAppEc, GDipIT&D, GDipAppEc, MAppEc, & MITD students only Course Description This is an intermediate postgraduate course in development economics. During the weekly seminars, we will cover the following topics: the meaning and measurement of economic development, growth theories, poverty and income distribution, the role of geography and institutions, fertility and population growth, the role of credit markets and microfinance, health and nutrition, education and female empowerment.
Course Coordinator: Jesmin Rupa
Course Coordinator: Dr Jesmin A Rupa
Office: Nexus Building, Level 03, Room 3.33
10 Pulteney St, SA 5005
Consultation location and time:
Location: Nexus Building, Level 03, Room 3.33
Wednesday 11:00 am – 12.00 pm
Wednesday 2 pm – 3pm
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate familiarity with some central themes and issues of economic development.
2. Demonstrate the understanding of the difference between growth and development, major growth theories, the measurement of inequality, significance of agricuture in developing countries, poverty and inequality issues the World is facing, female empowerment, agriculture, food and nutrition in developing economies, corruption and how it impacts the economic development.
3. Analyse empirical evidence on the patterns of economic development.
4. Read critically the journal literature in the area of economic development.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesTextbook 1: Ray, Debraj: Development Economics.
There is a new edition of some chapters & the lecturer will upload them in reading materials whenever needed.
Textbook 2: Understanding poverty ; 2006. Banerjee, Abhijit V.; Benabou, Roland.; Mookherjee, Dilip. 2006. An online version of this book
can be accessed through the UOA library, free of charge.
Other reading materials will be provided by the lecturer.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLearning in this course is through lectures, tutorials, personal and group study and online learning.
The lectures will provide you with the necessary understanding of the material to be able to solve the exercises you will be given during tutorials or exams.
Tutorials represent an important learning component of the class. The tutorials consist of 11 weekly sets of problems. Students are expected to work through the assignments independently (or as a group if the question mentions so) and prepare solutions to be discussed or presented during the tutorial time. The tutorial questions will include problem-solving exercises, policy issue discussions and exercises with spreadsheets on actual data.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Students in this course are expected to attend all lectures throughout the semester plus one tutorial class each week. In addition, the workload for this class is designed for 9 hours per week of independent study.
Learning Activities Summary
Teaching & Learning Activities Related Learning Outcomes Lectures 1,2 Tutorials 3,4
1-2 History, institutions and patterns of economic growth & development 3-4 Theories of Economic Growth 5-6 Poverty and Inequality 7 Female Empowerment 8-9 Agriculture, Food and Nutrition 10-11 Credit and Insurance 12 Corruption and Development
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Due Date/Week Weight Length Learning Outcomes Assignment Week 7, April 29, 2022 at 11:59pm 25% tbd 1,2 Final Exam Exam period 50% 3 hours 1,2 Tutorial Presentations Throughout the course 25% 50 minutes 3,4 Total 100%
Assessment Related RequirementsAttendance is expected for all tutorials.
Assessment DetailTutorial Presentations (25%)
Students are expected to source materials for the answers to the tutorial problem sets together with their assigned group members. Constructive feedbacks will be given by non-presenting groups of the tutorial day to the presenting groups followed by general in-class discussions. The quality of tutorial prsentation will be assessed by the tutor. Remote learning group will have group presentations online via Zoom.
Assignment will be based on Analyses of journal articles relevant to the topics covered upto Week 6. Due date of assignment submission will be in April 29, 2022 at 11:59pm (Week 7).
Final Exam (50%)
There will be a 3 hour exam.
The final exam will cover the full set of material developed in this course. This includes all materials from the lectures and other readings, as well as discussions and exercises considered in the tutorials.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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