The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


The focus of the course is on the economics of development. It covers classic theories and issues of economic development in industrialised emerging and developing countries.

Case studies are used in the course to foster student's ability to analyse the process of development and understand the challenges of formulating policy.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Discuss competing theories of economic development;

2. Demonstrate a deep analytical understanding of contemporary economic development issues;

3. Access and analyse economic growth and development data which are pertinent to contemporary economic development debates internationally;

4. Engage in critical thinking through the comparative assessment of competing economic development models and policy frameworks;

5. Engage in team processes to analyse and communicate data outcomes.


Lectures may include, but are not restricted to, the following topics:

  1. Pattern of economic growth and development
  2. Theory of economic growth and development
  3. Population, immigration and welfare
  4. Inequality and poverty
  5. Agriculture, environment and sustainability
  6. Macroeconomic reforms and policies for growth and development
  7. Global economic shocks and national economic growth and development

Assumed knowledge

ECON1001, ECON1002

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Reviews, Engagement with peers and written work

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Studies

In Term Test: Class Test

Formal Examination: Final Exam