University of Sussex Business School

Economic Perspectives on Development (L2147)

Economic Perspectives on Development

Module L2147

Module details for 2022/23.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module introduces students to how economics can be used to understand contemporary international development issues. Students will obtain a basic understanding of tools that economics uses to analyse and evaluate development questions. The emphasis is on analysing a topic and the nature of the problem, and policy responses, from both an economic and critical perspective. The module begins with a non-technical introduction to economics and then covers a set of topics, such as determinants of economic growth and the connection between growth, inequality and poverty, trade and trade policy, poverty reduction policies, the roles of corruption, legal and political institutions in economic development, agriculture, land and credit markets, the determinants and consequences of violent conflict and environment and development.

Module learning outcomes

To demonstrate basic knowledge of economic concepts and arguments relevant to core development questions.

Ability to appreciate the subtlety of critical perspectives and debates about economic development.

To demonstrate a basic understanding of analytical techniques used by economists, such as simple graphs and ways to measure development.

Ability to diagnose some of the main problems of developing countries and discuss possible policy measures required for promoting development.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
Computer Based ExamT1 Week 7 (1 hour)100.00%
Take Away paperSemester 1 Assessment70.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
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Autumn SemesterSeminar1 hour11111111111

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The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Farai Jena

Convenor, Assess convenor

Mx Emilia Moscardini-Powers

Assess convenor

Prof Anne-Meike Fechter

Assess convenor

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