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Issues in Development Economics


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 6
  • Tutor: Dr Tony Conibear
  • Assessment: examination (80%) and coursework (20%)

Module description

In this module you will gain theoretical knowledge backed up by awareness of country experiences. To achieve this, we introduce you to the major theoretical paradigms and debates on growth and development. We then introduce policy issues relating to agriculture, trade, industrialisation, population and international financial flows. These theoretical issues are illustrated with reference to country examples.

    Learning objectives

    By the end of this module, you will be aware of:

    • alternative perspectives in development theory and how these have policy implications
    • alternative development and industrialisation strategies
    • the arguments relating to import and export based industrialisation strategies
    • (and able to take) informed positions on contemporary crises relating to issues such as debt, famine, migration and conflict
    • debates surrounding World Bank and IMF adjustment policies
    • changing patterns of international capital flows and consequent crises of debt and instability
    • the debates surrounding the impact of MNCs.