Development Economics

Module code: 6ECON004W
Faculty: Westminster Business School
Credit Level: 6
Credit value: 20
Available to: Westminster Business School students only, however students on some courses are unable to choose Westminster Electives  – see list of exemptions. Please note elective modules are subject to availability.

This module focuses on the economic and social challenges and opportunities facing low and middle-income countries as they strive to achieve sustained economic growth and development. It will give you the opportunity to explore a range of contemporary development issues including the role of human capital, international trade, development finance, poverty and environmental sustainability, and governance and political systems in facilitating economic development.

You will gain a thorough insight into a range of contemporary development challenges, and an understanding of the theoretical debates and policy options open to development managers and other policy makers. The module will involve a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. Lectures will introduce you to a range of development debates and approaches to managing development resources. The seminars and workshops will involve comparing and contrasting economic development indicators and analysing real-world development data. These sessions will also feature theoretical discussions and debates on development problems and the management of resources to achieve long-term development goals.

Assessment will be based around three key pieces of work: a one-hour in-class test, a 1,000-word development profile and a 2,000-word policy briefing report.

This module will only be available from 2017/18 academic year.