Course Title: Economics and Sustainable Development

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Economics and Sustainable Development

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Prior to Semester 1 2022 this course was titled 'Introduction to Development Economics'


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


330H Social Science & Planning

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2008


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2013


City Campus


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,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Reina Ichii

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0416

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37, Level 5, Room 43

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course explores the ways in which economic conditions and economic policies impact on sustainable development in low-income and middle-income societies.  

You will be given a grounding in key theories and practices of economic development. These will be applied to examine the economic dimensions of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and in particular SDG1 No poverty; SDG8 Decent work and economic growth; and SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals.  

There is a focus on political economy or the ‘politics of economics’ as a way to understand how the economic aspects are integrated into policy design and decision-making. In addition, you will critically engage with the question of how economic intervention at the national and local level can affect inequality in developing countries.  

This course involves work integrated learning (WIL), in which you will have an opportunity to work on a real- world project assigned by industrial partners. This will enable you to obtain problem solving and professional communication skills.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This is an Option course, which will complement the learning outcomes you are developing in your program.

Course Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  1. Identify and analyse key theoretical frameworks and debates affecting a number of contemporary development issues, such as poverty, global trade, and financial inclusion; 
  2. Reflect on and critically examine the economic dimensions of Sustainable Development Goals; 
  3. Critically reflect on the causes and impacts of development intervention on local people and communities 
  4. Demonstrate expert judgement and ethical responsibility in your professional practice

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of face to face and online activities such as guest lectures, group and class discussion, group activities, readings and individual research. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

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. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

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 substantive written workessay. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.  

Assessment Tasks  

Assessment Task 1: Critical annotated bibliography (1,500 words), 30% CLO1, CLO2, CLO3  

Assessment Task 2: Presentation and WIL project deliverable (800 words), 20%, CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4  

Assessment Task 3: Report (2,500 words), 50% CLO1, CLO2, CLO3 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks by course coordinator and industry partners.  

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.  

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.