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Development Economics (Fast Track)


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Our Development Economics fast-track course will give you an understanding of the process of economic development across time and space. We will consider how, two centuries after the Industrial Revolution, a very low level of income and a significant rate of poverty are still dominant in several countries and regions of the world economy. We will examine this persistent divergence in economic development from a comparative, historical and theoretical perspective.

By the end of the course, you will have gained a deeper understanding of economic development and underlying disagreements about the nature of economic growth, the market and the state. You will be able to relate this to the structural transformations and contemporary problems of developing countries and their international context.

Teaching is through a combination of lectures, seminars and class presentations, either individually or in groups, and topics include:

  • Definition and measurement of development
  • Trade and industrial strategies
  • The role of agriculture
  • Finance and development
  • The role of education and health
  • The role of the state in developmental process
  • Policy formulation by multilateral financial organisations including the World Bank and the IMF
  • Foreign capital in developing countries

The course is assessed by two 1500-word assignments (30% each) and an in-class assessment (40%).

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.