ECC3670 - Economics of developing countries - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Economics

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Ranjan Ray


Professor Ranjan Ray

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


ECC2000 or equivalent.


This unit introduces the student to topics and concepts that are of relevance in the context of economic development. The focus of this unit is on applying tools in economics in analysing important issues in development. The emphasis in the lectures will be on the methodology that one adopts to study key issues in the area of development. The approach will be both analytical and empirical with equal emphasis on both. A project that will be an important part of the assessment in the unit is designed to allow the student to go into a chosen topic in greater depth than can be covered in the lectures or, in some cases, not covered at all.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. apply rigorous economic analysis in studying key issues in development economics
  2. apply new analytical frameworks and new areas in development where economic analysis can be used
  3. discuss the use of econometric and other empirical methodologies for assessing the relevance of economic models
  4. develop meaningful questions with deep policy significance in the area of development
  5. demonstrate confidence in applying relevant microeconomic or macroeconomic techniques to key issues in developing countries; use (where appropriate) econometric and other methodologies to analyse data sets from developing countries to address key policy questions; and critically read specialist articles in development economics.


Within semester assessment: 40% + Examination: 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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