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ECON6430

Issues in Developing Economies

10 Units

Many developing countries continue to be blighted by poverty, land degradation and other serious problems. How should the international community respond or can governments in developing economies address their own problems? These issues have become increasingly important in a global environment characterised by increasing interconnectedness of people and places. The widespread global changes have made the understanding of these issues more challenging but even more critical. This interdisciplinary course critically examines the major problems facing developing countries.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Business School
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Objectives

Specific objectives of this course are:

  1. To increase awareness of the issues facing developing countries in a global environment.
  2. To explore the alternative concepts and theories of growth and development.
  3. To advance understanding of strategies for overcoming poverty, inequality and underdevelopment in developing countries.
  4. To increase awareness of the role and limitations of governments in developing countries and international community in promoting growth and development.
Content
  1. An Overview of Economic Development
  2. Theories of Growth, Development and Underdevelopment
  3. Poverty, Inequality, Discrimination and Development
  4. Population Growth and Economic Development
  5. Urbanisation and Rural Migration
  6. Human Capital, Education and Health in Economic Development
  7. Agricultural Transformation and Rural Development
  8. The Environment and Development
  9. International Trade and Policy
  10. Policy Options for Developing Countries and International Community
Replacing Course(s) The course replaces ECON3140 Topics in Economic Development.
Transition Not applicable.
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge NA
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Lecture
Seminar
Tutorial
Assessment Items
  • Case Studies - Case study review
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Article review
  • Examination: Formal -
  • Presentations - Class -
  • Projects - Group
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials
  • Economic Development
Timetable 2014 Course Timetables for ECON6430

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