Issues in Developing Economies

Course code ECON6430Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

Many developing countries continue to be blighted by poverty, land degradation and other serious problems. How should the international community respond or can governments in developing economies address their own problems? These issues have become increasingly important in a global environment characterised by increasing interconnectedness of people and places. The widespread global changes have made the understanding of these issues more challenging but even more critical. This interdisciplinary course critically examines the major problems facing developing countries.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
WebLearn GradSchoolTrimester 3
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesSpecific objectives of this course are:
1. To increase awareness of the issues facing developing countries in a global environment.
2. To explore the alternative concepts and theories of growth and development.
3. To advance understanding of strategies for overcoming poverty, inequality and underdevelopment in developing countries.
4. To increase awareness of the role and limitations of governments in developing countries and international community in promoting growth and development.
Content1. An Overview of Economic Development
2. Theories of Growth, Development and Underdevelopment
3. Poverty, Inequality, Discrimination and Development
4. Population Growth and Economic Development
5. Urbanisation and Rural Migration
6. Human Capital, Education and Health in Economic Development
7. Agricultural Transformation and Rural Development
8. The Environment and Development
9. International Trade and Policy
10. Policy Options for Developing Countries and International Community
Replacing Course(s)The course replaces ECON3140 Topics in Economic Development.
TransitionNot applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNA
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Case StudiesCase study review
Essays / Written AssignmentsArticle review
Examination: Formal
Presentations - Class
Contact HoursLecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ECON6430