ECON 4007 - Economic Development IV (H)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

This is an advanced course in development economics. This course aims to provide students with an economic understanding of the origins of uneven patterns of economic development, as well as an understanding of policies that can be applied in developing countries and how we can measure their effectiveness. Topics may include productivity effects of health, private and social returns to education, child labour, public finance, firms and contracts, and the markets for land, credit and savings.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ECON 4007
    Course Economic Development IV (H)
    Coordinating Unit Economics
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Assumed Knowledge ECON 2506 or equivalent
    Restrictions Available only to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Economics (Honours) program
    Assessment Typically, assignments, class presentation & final essay
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Umair Khalil

    Dr Umair Khalil

    Office: Room 4.35, Nexus 10 building, 10 Pulteney Street
    Phone: 831 35757

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The purpose of this course is to provide students with a thorough introduction to some central themes and results in issues of economic development.

    On successful completion of this course, students will:

    1. Have gained knowledge of the branch of economics devoted to economic development.
    2. Have enhanced their analytical skills.
    3. Have developed inter-personal and communication skills in small-group discussion.
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2, 3
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2, 3
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1, 2, 3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    This course will make extensive use of journal articles. These articles are available in the e-journal format through the university library and university subscribed sites sites such as JSTOR. PDF files of particular articles will be posted about week before they are covered in the lecture.
    Online Learning
    This course uses MyUni intensively and you are required to check the website regularly.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The weekly lectures provide an overview of the course content and would introduce methodological techniques used by empirical researchers in the field of economic development. Students will be expected to read assigned journal articles before each lecture to facilitate a smooth flow of the course content. 

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The workload for this course should consist of:

    Attend Lectures 2 Hours per week
    Attend Tutorials 2 Hours per week
    Read Journal Articles/Required Readings 6 Hours per week

    Learning Activities Summary
    Teaching & Learning Activities Related Learning Outcomes
    Lectures (2 hours)    1-3
    Seminar\Workshop (2 hours)   1-3
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Length Weighting Learning Outcome
    Assignments (2 to 3) 2 -3 hours 30% 1-3
    Article Presentation(s) 30 mins 20% 1-3
    Final Exam 3 hours 50% 1-3
    Total 100%
    Assessment Detail
    Final exam (50%)

    • This is of 3 hours duration, plus 10 minutes reading time.
    • Exam will be comprehensive and will cover the content discussed throughout the semester.

    Assignments (30%)
    We will have 2-3 assignments spread through out the semester. They will test student understanding of the methods taught in class in the context of academic research in development economics.

    They will also provide practice for the final exam as I will design the questions as similar as possible to the final exam. 

    Article Presentation (20%)
    Each student will have to present a journal article in class. I will assign the articles to individual students but there will be flexibility in accomodating student preferenes regarding the research question. Each presentation will be 30 mins long.
    Students will be required to submit their completed assignments in class on the due date. Assignment start and end dates will be announced well in advance in class and on myUni. I will then grade and return them in an appropriate time frame. 
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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