Course Title: Introduction to Development Economics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Development Economics

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HUSO2173

City Campus

Postgraduate

330H Social Science & Planning

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006

HUSO2173

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2008

HUSO2173

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2013

HUSO2173

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Reina Ichii

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0416

Course Coordinator Email: reina.ichii@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.4.12C

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None 


Course Description

You will be introduced to core theories development economics and explore their policy implications for developing countries. There is strong focus on political economy or the ‘politics of economics. You will explore the potential of development economics to improve the quality of life in developing countries. You will also critically assess the various frameworks and analytical tools of development economics including formal mathematical methods.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Identify and analyse key development economic theories affecting a number of contemporary development issues, such as economic growth, trade, and e-development;
  • Review the policy implications of these key development economic theories;
  • Reflect on and critically examine the links between various development economic theories and approaches;
  • Critically analyse how the theory of development economics impacts upon practical implementation macro development policies in varying local and global contexts

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes:

  • determine and apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to creatively solve problems, demonstrating expert judgment and ethical responsibility in your professional practice in international development
  • critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on personal awareness and lived experience, theories and practices of development, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice in the discipline
  • critically reflect on the causes and impacts of poverty in global contexts and to evaluate the theories and practice of development institutions



Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of face to face and online activities such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities, readings and individual research


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.
 


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include a combination of in-class problem-based learning activities, student presentations, individual and group participation as well as a substantive essay. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

  • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment