ECON 4007 - Economic Development IV (H)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

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 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Incompatible ECON 7067
    Assumed Knowledge ECON 2506 or ECON 2514 or ECON 2516 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: Jesmin Rupa

    Dr Jesmin Rupa
    Room 3.33, Level 3, Nexus Building
    10 Pulteney Street, Adelaide or via Zoom
    Office Hour: 4-5 pm Mondays (by appointment via email)
    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)

    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.

    1, 2, 3

    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.

    1, 2, 3

    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.

    1, 2, 3

    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 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.

    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
    Learning in this course is through lectures and personal study. 
    The lectures will provide you with the necessary understanding of the material to be able to solve the exercises you will be given in assignments or exams. 
    There will be student presentation sessions which will be held during the lectures.

    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. Students are also expected to commit approximately 8 hours to private study, that is, study outside of your regular classes.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Teaching & Learning Activities Related Learning Outcomes
    Lectures 1
    Tutorials 3

    Topics may include: theories of growth and development; underdevelopment and market dysfunction; problems of land, credit and labour markets in underdevelopment countries; globalization and development; role of capital flows in development; global supply chains
  • 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 Due Date/ Week Weight Length (Word,Time) Learning Outcomes
    Article Presentation Week TBA 20% TBA 2
    Assignment 1 Week TBA 15% TBA 1
    Assignment 2 Week TBA 15% TBA 1
    Final Exam Week TBA 50% 2 hours 1
    Total 100%
    Assessment Detail
    1. There will be two assignments during the semester. The assignments are compulsory and not redeemable, unless a student has a medical certificate which must be presented to the lecturer before any redemption can be arranged.
    2. Each student will be required to present in class a critical summary and analysis of a journal article chosen from the list provided by the lecturer. Detailed information will be provided by the lecturer in class.
    3. There will be a 2-hour final exam during the official University exam period.
    4. Legible hand-writing and the quality of English expression are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process.  Marks will not be awarded in the final examination for answers that cannot be read. Please note that, following University policy, dictionaries are not allowed in School of Economics exams.
    Unless a prior permission has been granted by the lecturer, assignments handed in late will receive zero grades.
    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.

    Additional Assessment
    If a student receives 45-49 for their final mark for the course they will automatically be granted an additional assessment. This will most likely be in the form of a new exam (Additional Assessment) and will have the same weight as the original exam unless an alternative requirement (for example a hurdle requirement) is stated in this semester’s Course Outline. If, after replacing the original exam mark with the new exam mark, it is calculated that the student has passed the course, they will receive 50 Pass as their final result for the course (no higher) but if the calculation totals less than 50, their grade will be Fail and the higher of the original mark or the mark following the Additional Assessment will be recorded as the final result.
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