Strategies of Economic Development

The details
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 17 January 2022
Friday 25 March 2022
30 September 2021


Requisites for this module
EC111 or EC100 or EC151



Key module for

BA L100SK Economics,
BA L900 International Development,
BA L901 International Development (Including Year Abroad),
BA L902 International Development (Including Placement Year),
BA L921 International Development (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module examines the distinctive features of the economies of the less developed countries and introduces you to the literature that attempts to explain the persistence of poverty in those economies. We start with a historical analysis of the growth process to examine why there has been a divergence in the performances between the developed and the developing countries.

The module will then elaborate on the role of institutions and incentives in shaping long run economic development. In particular, we shall examine the role of market imperfections, non-market institutions (such as social norms) and governance institutions. For instance, the ability of poor people to acquire skills may relate to credit constraints (which are a feature of imperfect financial markets), the distribution of wealth within an economy, and investments made by the government in schooling (which in turn may be determined by particular political institutions).

The module combines economic theory with case studies to understand observed phenomena such as child labour, extreme inequality in wealth and income, and high population growth. Particular attention is given to how one can evaluate and determine appropriate policy options.

Module aims

This module aims to give students a good understanding of the functioning of the economies of the less developed countries and of the policy options that could potentially alleviate poverty.

Module learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have acquired a good understanding of the functioning of the economies of the less developed countries and of the policy options that could potentially alleviate poverty. They should be able to apply analytical reasoning to problems facing the developing countries and make informed contributions to debates and discussions about possible ways to enhance welfare in these countries.

This course will provide a range of employability skills. In particular you will gain academic skill, professional working skills, and external awareness. The models discussed in class with provide you with numeracy skills while the ability to do a term paper and read current research work will allow you to develop working skills. Finally, given the topic of the course, you will be exposed to issues facing people in other countries and differences between other cultures that will increase your external awareness. All these skill will provide you with a range of employability skills.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour class per week in one term.


  • Ray, Debraj. (1998) Development Economics, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Moodle Test  24/02/2022   
Exam  120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Michele Rosenberg, email:
Lectures & classes: Dr Michele Rosenberg
For further information, send an email message to



External examiner

Mr Georgios Papadopoulos
Available via Moodle
Of 459 hours, 29 (6.3%) hours available to students:
430 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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