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Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
An Introduction to Development Studies

Unit code ECON10002
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Economics
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

See course Blackboard pages.

Aims

This course aims to provide a self-contained introduction to the academic study of development for general social scientists and to cover the preparatory material for more advanced development courses in the second and third years. 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit successful students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of the meaning and measurement of development and a superficial understanding of all and deep understanding of at least one of the following books:

  • Sen, A. (1999) Development as Freedom,
  • Chang, H.J. (2007) Bad Samaritans
  • Hulme, D. (2016) Should Rich Nations Help the Poor?
  • Hulme, D. (2015) Global Poverty: Global Governance and
  • Poor People in the Post-2015
  • World Bank. (2011) World Development Report 2012:
  • Gender Equality and Development. World Bank
  • Piketty, T. (2014) Capital in the Twenty-First Century
  • Dasgupta, P. (2007) Economics: A Very Short Introduction
  • Wydick, B. (2008) Games in Economic Development

Syllabus

Topics and Reading List


Introduction: An introduction to the course and to development at Manchester.


The origin of the term "Economic Development": 

  • Arndt, H.W. (1981) Economic Development: A Semantic History, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Volume 29, Number 3, April 1981.


The Meaning of Development: 

  • Thirlwall, A (2003) Growth and Development: With Special Reference to Developing Economies, Palgrave 7th Ed. - Chapter 1 The Study of Development.
  • Colman, D and Nixson, F (1994) Economics of Change in Less Developed Countries, Harvester Wheatsheaf – Chapter 1 section 1.1 What is Development.


The Measurement of Development:

  • Thirlwall, A. (2003) Growth and Development: With Special Reference to Developing Economies, Palgrave 7th Ed. - Chapter 2 The Development Gap and Measurement of Poverty.
  • Colman, D. and Nixson, F. (1994) Economics of Change in Less Developed Countries, Harvester Wheatsheaf - Chapter 1 section 1.2 Measuring Development and 1.3 Conclusion.
  • UNDP's Human Development Reports (see the website).


Development as Freedom:

  • Sen, Amartya (1999) Development as Freedom, Oxford.


International Institutions and Development:

  • UN, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization websites.


Aid, Development and Poverty:

  • Hulme, David (2016) Should Rich Nations Help the Poor? Polity.
  • Hulme, David (2015) Global Poverty: Global Governance and Poor People in the Post-2015, Routledge.


Gender and Development:

  • World Bank. (2011) World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development. World Bank.


History and Political Economy for Development:

  • Chang, Ha-Joon (2007) Bad Samaritans.
  • Piketty, T. (2014) Capital in the Twenty-First Century.


Economics as Development:

  • Dasgupta, Partha (2007) Economics: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford.
  • Wydick, B. (2008) Games in Economic Development, Cambridge.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and tutorials classes.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Problem solving

Assessment methods

Final Exam: 20 MCQs and a “critical” review of one of a list of books.

For information about feedback please follow this link:
http://www.campus.manchester.ac.uk/tlso/map/teachinglearningassessment/assessment/sectionb-thepracticeofassessment/policyonfeedbacktostudents/

Feedback methods

  • MCQs in the lecture slots.
  • Mock Exam.
  • Students can also receive further feedback from tutorials, office hours and discussion board on Blackboard.

 

Recommended reading

See "Syllabus" section.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 1.5
Lectures 24
Tutorials 5
Independent study hours
Independent study 69.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Nicholas Weaver Unit coordinator

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