module specification

FE6002A - Development Economics and Emerging Markets (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Development Economics and Emerging Markets
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
40 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
5 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
105 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   2000 words essay
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
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Module summary

This module enables students to acquire a systematic knowledge and understanding of the main theories, policies, issues and evidence in economic development with particular focus on emerging economies.

It develops students’ ability to apply economic principles and analysis in a variety of contexts in economic development and policy formulation.

It fosters an appreciation of the economic, social and political dimensions of development issues in an interdependent globalised world.

The module examines: different perspectives on economic development; theories of economic growth and development; the role of international institutions, national governments and markets; and industrial policies.

It addresses gender inequality and inequality in terms of income, access to education, health and job opportunities.

Internationalisation is addressed when examining poverty, inequality, demographics, climate change and environment in developing countries.

Students are encouraged to reflect and draw on their diverse socio-cultural
backgrounds and experiences.

Equality is promoted by treating everyone with equal dignity and worth, while also raising aspirations and supporting achievement for people with diverse requirements, entitlements and backgrounds

A range of transferrable and subject specific skills are developed, in particular: self- assessment and reflection; peer assessment; written and oral communication; subject research; problem solving; data and quantitative; analytical and critical thinking.


Introduction to economic development: different definitions and perspectives. LO1

Comparative economic development: definition and indicators of development, discussion of different human development indices, characteristics of developing world. LO1

Sustainable development goals: definitions, recent evidence in achievements. LO1

Classic and modern theories of economic growth, development, and structural transformation. LO1

International organizations-the role of the Word Bank and the IMF in influencing development policy and outcome in developing countries. LO2

Poverty: definition, measurement, absolute and relative poverty, recent global trends especially in developing countries, policies. LO2

Inequality: definition, measurement, absolute and relative, recent global trends particularly in developing countries, policies. LO2

Human capital: education and health in economic development,
recent trends, causes, consequences and policies and the gender gap in education and health. LO2

Environment and climate change: issues in environment and development, positive and negative impact of economic growth on the environment and pollution. LO2

The impact of factor endowments: natural resource abundance and development, Dutch disease, the interaction between factor endowments and industrial policies. LO2

Population demographics in developing countries: trends, causes, consequences and policies. LO2

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Students’ learning is organised around formal direct contact time with the teaching team, and reflective independent learning. Student formal contact time is normally 3 hours per week. Lectures are around 2 hours and deliver core subject knowledge in development economics and emerging markets. During the 1 hour seminar, the emphasis is on student learning through participation, problem solving, examination of case studies, oral presentations and formative feedback.

Students are expected to complement the 'formal' learning activity with further reading of the material suggested in the teaching sessions, solving economic development problems and analysing case studies using economic analysis; conducting research; writing, planning and preparing for individual presentations and coursework; and the in class test.

The contact time with teaching teams is organised around a range of learning activities including active learning to acquire knowledge and understanding, problem solving, oral presentations, reading and analysis of research papers, discussion of policy issues analysing case studies, and debate. Many activities require students to carry out independent work prior to formal class. Students are required to engage with research published in high level academic journals and international organisations, participate in class discussions, carry our individual presentations, analyse case studies, reflect on their learning and prepare for coursework.

Professional and transferable skills are developed in lectures and seminars, and through independent directed learning and assessment. Skills development is enhanced through working cooperatively solving economic problems, discussion of journal articles. Individual presentations during seminars review and discuss a range of economic development issues faced by governments and international organisations.
Initiative and independence is developed progressively through the module such that students are required to take greater responsibility of their work.

The module makes extensive use of blended learning through use of virtual learning environment platforms (WebLearn) where module handbook, lecture slides, seminar questions, coursework brief, assessment and grading criteria, past test papers, guideline answers to past test papers, journal articles, research reports and other relevant learning materials are provided. Links to other online resources, government data bases and videos are also available on Weblearn.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Elaborate theory and application in relation to development economics and emerging markets with regards to different perspectives in development, Human Development Index, sustainable development goals, traditional and contemporary economic growth models and structural transformation.

2. Critically explain, provide and assimilate evidence, analyse and evaluate qualitative and quantitative data to understand and critically evaluate a wide range of issues and policies in economic development with reference to poverty; inequality; human and health capital; environment and climate change; factor endowments; and resource curse.


Core Textbooks:

1. Todaro, M. and Smith, S. (2015). Economic development, 12th ed., Prentice Hall
    Aldgate   330.91724 TOD
    Earlier edition is available at Holloway Road   330.91724 TOD

2. Thirlwall, A.P. and Pacheco-Lopez, P. (2017). Economic of development. 10th ed.,
    Palgarve Macmillan. This is an E-Book. Hard copies of earlier editions are available 
    at Aldgate 330.91724 THI

Additional Reading:

3. Easterly, W. (2001). The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists’ Adventures and
   Misadventures in the Tropics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
    Aldgate 338.90091724 EAS
4.  Desai, V. and Potter, R. B. (2014). The companion to development studies. (edited),
    3rd edition. Routledge. This is an E-book.
5. Human Development Reports 2010, 2015, 2016, 2017.  This is an E-resource
6. Handbook of Development Economics, Volume 3A and 3B.  Elsevier B.V., various
    years. This is an E-resource.
7. Ray, D. (1998). Development economics, Princeton: Princeton University Press.
   Aldgate 338.9 RAY
8. Weil, D.N. (2013.) Economic growth, 3rd ed., Pearson. Aldgate 338.9 WEI
9. Thirlwall, A.P. and Pacheco-Lopez, P. (2008). Trade liberalisation and the poverty of
   nations, Edward Elgar. Aldgate 382.71 THI 

Further Textbooks on Thinkers of Development Economics:
10. Simon, D. (ed.), (2006).  Fifty key thinkers on development economics, Routledge.
    Aldgate 338.9 FIF
11. Chenery, H. and Srinivasan, T.N. (2010).  Handbook of development economic,
     Elsevier. This is E-resource.
12. Peil, J. and van Staveren, I. (editors) (2009).  Handbook of economics and ethics,
     Edward Elgar. This is an E-resource. Hard copies available at Aldgate 174 HAN