University of Sussex Business School

Economics and International Development

(BA) Economics and International Development

Entry for 2019

FHEQ level

This course is set at Level 6 in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Course Aims

1. To provide our undergraduates with a training in the economics discipline, develop their interest in the subject and encourage them to examine both economic and other social problems from an analytical and critical perspective.
2. To provide our undergraduates with a flexible curriculum that allows the approaches and methodologies of other disciplines to be explored through the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary structures at Sussex and instil in them an openness and flexibility to alternative views.
3. To provide our students with a supportive educative environment.
4. To provide our students with a set of general skills that enable them to think analytically, express themselves clearly, work independently, meet deadlines and encourage initiative.
5. To provide our students with a set of subject-specific skills appropriate to the level of their course that enable them to access, analyse and appraise economic theories and related evidence; to present and sustain coherent and logical argument; and to implement and complete independent research in economics.
6. To give our students the opportunity to participate in processes of module review and evaluation.
The Development Studies component of courses aims to:
7. Develop the intellectual and practical skills of students in the analysis, interpretation and understanding of inter-related aspects of the societies, cultures, economies and polities of less developed and developing regions of the world.
8. Explore important issues, such as race, the environment, gender relations, and socio-economic development, which are not the preserve of any one discipline.
9. Encourage students to understand the importance of Development Studies in the contemporary world.
10. Develop students knowledge and understanding in appropriate areas of theory and analysis, and help them understand the contested nature and problematic character of inquiry.
11. Develop students capacities to analyse critically events, ideas, institutions and practices.
12. Provide students with opportunities to develop their intellectual, personal and interpersonal skills so as to enable them to participate effectively in their societies.
13. Prepare students for employment in a range of contexts or for further study.
14. Provide a curriculum supported by scholarship, staff development and a research culture that promotes breadth and depth of intellectual enquiry and debate.
15. Provide students with a supportive and receptive learning environment.
16. Encourage students to engage in life-long learning, study and enquiry and to appreciate the value of education for society.ciety.

Course learning outcomes

Demonstrate a deep knowledge and understanding of the core principles of economic theories, data, concept and methodologies.

Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the past, current and potential issues in international development and also the theories and practices to deal with them.

Be able to work effectively in diverse teams as leaders and members.

Demonstrate awareness and understandings of ethical standards and behaviours in the arenas of research, analysis and policy

Be able to communicate effectively in oral and written forms the acquired knowledge of economics and international development to both specialist and non-specialist audience

Demonstrate independence and critical thinking in developing theories in economics and international development and apying them to internationa issues.

Understand key concepts and theoretical debates in international development and their relevance for contemporary development practice

Understand the historical, economic, social, environmental and cultural aspects of development

Understand key contemporary issues in international development

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreColonialism and After (L2003)154
  CoreEconomics Principles 1 (L1099)154
  CoreGlobal Development Paradigms, Policy and Politics (L2132)154
  CoreIntroduction to Mathematics for Finance and Economics (L1054)154
 Spring SemesterCoreGlobal Development Challenges and Innovation (AF002)154
  CoreKey Thinkers in Development (L2145)154
  CoreMacroeconomics 1 (L1056)154
  CoreMicroeconomics 1 (L1053)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreMacroeconomics 2 (L1032)155
  CoreMicroeconomics 2 (L1031)155
  OptionEconomic Perspectives on Development (L2147)155
  Research Skills for Development (L2133N)155
  Social Change, Culture and Development (L2107N)155
 Spring SemesterCoreAdvanced Macroeconomics (L1059)155
  CoreAdvanced Microeconomics (L1061)155
  OptionDevelopment and the State (L2128)155
  Environmental Perspectives on Development (L2103)155
  Finance for Development (L1082)155
  Gender and Development: Theory, Concepts and Issues (L2104)155
  Health, Poverty and Inequality (L2102N)155
  International Education and Development (001DS)155
  Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism (L2002N)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterCoreStatistics and Introductory Econometrics (L1022)155
  OptionContemporary Issues in the Global Political Economy (M1529A)306
  Critical Perspectives on Conflict and Violence (L2154A)306
  Disasters, Environment and Development (005DA)306
  Economics of European Integration (L1066)156
  Environmental Economics (L1088)156
  Experimental Economics: Markets, Games And Strategic Behaviour (L1097)156
  Horizontal Development(s) (007IDA)306
  Human Rights (L2124A)306
  International Trade (L1070)156
  Labour Economics (L1039)156
  Mathematical Statistics (L1079)156
  Mobilities and Global Inequalities (004IDA)306
  Monetary Theory and Policy (L1040)156
  Urban Futures (006IDA)306
 Autumn & Spring TeachingOptionInternational Development Thesis (L2153)306
 Spring SemesterOptionBehavioural Economics (L1083)156
  Building Peace After War (005ID)306
  Climate Change Economics (L1078)156
  Decolonial Movements (002ID2)306
  Development, Business and Corporate Social Responsibility (L2131S)306
  Development Tools and Skills (L2146S)306
  Digital Development: Gender, Health and Technology (009ID)306
  Disease, Disorder and Dystopia: Finding Hope for Health (008ID)306
  Economics of Crime (L1101)156
  Economics of Education (L1098)156
  Financial Economics (L1095)156
  Statistics Project (L1069)156
  The British Economy in the Twentieth Century (L1102)156
  The Economics of Development (L1065)156
  Wealth, Inequality and Development (003ID)306

Course convenors

Frank Brouwer
Senior Lecturer

Photo of Elizabeth HarrisonElizabeth Harrison
Head of School Global Studies

Mohsen Veisi
Lecturer in Economics

About your joint honours course

Sussex has always promoted interdisciplinary study by encouraging students to combine different subjects and different approaches to learning. Joint-honours courses are an ideal option if you want to study more than one subject in depth. A key idea behind joint-honours is to experience the range of ways that different academic disciplines use to teach, learn and research. Those differences are stimulating and challenging, but they can also be confusing, so you will find some useful information below to help you get the most out of your course.

  • To find information about the individual modules that make up your course, go to the school that teaches the module. Each module is assessed by the school that teaches it, so on their website you will find (under “student information”) information about the assessment criteria being used, the referencing style you need to use for your work, contact times for your tutors, information about the student reps scheme and lots of other useful information.
  • To find general information about joint honours, use the Frequently Asked Questions list
  • For information about the rules and regulations that govern all Sussex students, start with the general student handbook
  • For help in improving your study skills, using the library and with careers, try the Skills Hub.

And if you have any other questions, contact the convenors for your course; they are here to help you.

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