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SP30278: Development finance

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Social & Policy Sciences
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 50%, EX 50%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework 50% (CW 50%)
  • Exam 50% (EX 50%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Reassessment not allowed
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To introduce the various channels and associated problems in making finance available to relatively poor people and countries.
To illustrate the functioning of some of these channels by exploring the institutional and incentive structure
To explore concepts and theories relevant to understanding institutions and instruments for moving money between independent agencies with more than purely commercial intent.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of the unit, students should be able to demonstrate: the ability to apply tools of economic analysis to issues associated with development finance; an understanding of the operational aspects of diverse development finance instruments and their welfare implications.

Ability to apply analytical tools and theoretical ideas to real issues.
Ability to critically read specialist articles in this area.
Ability to conduct preliminary research on selected topics and present the results in a succinct and coherent manner.

Definition of development finance. Rational choice and institutional theories of development finance applied to specific agencies and complex systems. Evaluation of development finance impact. Microfinance. Social protection. Remittances and gift giving. Financial sector development. Business sector development. Sovereign finance and direct foreign investment. Official aid. Finance and alternative development. Humanitarian assistance. Climate finance.); Indicative text. Stephen Spratt (2010) Development Finance: debates, dogmas and new directions (Routledge).
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP30278 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Economics
  • UHES-AFB02 : BSc(Hons) Economics and International Development (Year 3)
  • UHES-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Economics and International Development with Year long work placement (Year 4)

SP30278 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Economics
  • UHES-AFB03 : BSc(Hons) Economics (Year 3)
  • UHES-AKB03 : BSc(Hons) Economics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UHES-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics (Year 3)
  • UHES-AKB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AFB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics (Year 3)
  • UHPL-AAB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics with Year long work placement (Year 4)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.