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SP50216: Economics for international development

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: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To review microeconomic concepts and models relevant to understanding how economists analyse how scarce resources are allocated with particular reference to low and middl income countries.
To review macroeconomic concepts and ideas, including theories of economic growth and public policy issues, with particular reference to low and middle-income countries.
To describe and critically review economic reasoning, particularly in relation to other social science perspectives.

Learning Outcomes:
To be familiar with the language and methodology employed by economists.
To understand better the strengths and weaknesses of economic explanations of development and underdevelopment at local, global and international levels.
To understand how (and how far) professional economists can contribute to informing specific local, national and international policy issues, and to formulating strategies for promoting sustainable development at these levels.

Comprehensive and scholarly written communication (e.g. essays) (Taught/Facilitated/Assessed)
Ability to select, analyse and present numerical data (T/F/A)
Ability to select, summarise and synthesis written information from multiple sources (T/F/A)
Ability to develop rigorous arguments through precise use of concepts and models (T/F/A)
Ability to select and use appropriate ideas to produce a coherent response to a pre-set question (T/F/A)
Ability to formulate a research question, then develop and present an original & coherent answer (T/F/A)
Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines (T/F/A)
Ability to work independently, without close supervision of guidance (T/F/A).

The foundations of economics: economic methodology; demand theory; production theory; market structure and capitalist dynamics; labour, capital multi-market and macro models; institutional economics, and applied welfare economics (including an introduction to cost benefit analysis); market failures and state intervention; basic concepts of macroeconomics and determinants of aggregate demand; fiscal and monetary policy; open economy macroeconomics; classical, neoclassical and new growth theory and its critics; trade strategies; debt stabilisation and structural adjustment.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP50216 is available for Auditing on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences

SP50216 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
* 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.
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