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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Development Economics
Module Code EF321
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: declan curran
Semester 2: declan curran
Autumn: declan curran
Module Teachersdeclan curran
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The analytical foundations for the course involve three elements: an intellectual history of development theories, an appraisal of competing policy-making frameworks, and an applied study of development theory and policy in the context of international trade, finance, and official development aid. In this way, the analytical tools will be provided for a rigorous critique of the development experiences of industrialised and developing countries. Students will attend lectures and are expected to participate in class discussions.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically evaluate varying definitions and approaches to development, and in particular to distinguish between a narrowly focussed growth perspective and a broader view of the concept of economic development
2. Describe and analyse seminal contributions to the disciplines of growth modelling and development economics, such as the Neoclassical/Solow growth model and the Lewis dual sector model.
3. Identify and discuss the so-called 'stylised facts' of economic growth.
4. Critically assess different strands of development thinking, from modernization theories through to a more modern eclectic approach.
5. Engage with the major issues faced by development specialists today, such as the influence of the developed world (aid, trade and debt), demographics, and environmental challenges.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study50Reading in preparation for lectures
Assignment Completion25Term Paper
Independent Study26Revision
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Definitions and approaches to development

Neoclassical growth models

Stylized Facts of Economic Growth

Theories of Development

Demographics and development

Influence of the developed world (aid, trade and debt)

Development and the environment

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayTopic of the student's choosing15%Sem 2 End
PresentationGroup presentations based on topic of student's choosing15%Once per semester
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Todaro, Michael P. and Stephen C. Smith: 2003, Economic Development, Pearson,
  • R. Barro and X. Sali I Martin: 0, Economic Growth, McGrawHill,
Other Resources

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EPLBA in Economics, Politics and Law
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SHSAStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
SHSAOStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
Date of Last Revision23-SEP-11

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