Economics for Development Practitioners

School: School of Government
International Development Department

Modular value: 20 credits

Module Convenors: Simon De-Lay

Aim of the Module

The aim of the module is to provide students with a basic understanding of a range of economic concepts, issues and debates that they are likely to encounter if they pursue a career in development, with either official agencies or non-governmental organisations. This will cover both macro and micro-economic issues with the intention of providing both context for development debates and a tool-kit for analysing new initiatives. It takes a non-technical approach and assumes no prior study of economics.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Understand the key debates within development economics.
  • Use economic concepts to understand and address development challenges and to analyse initiatives to address those challenges.
  • Critically evaluate the macro-economic environment within which development takes place.
  • Be able to link issues within the macro-economy to other development objectives.


The assessment for the module will consist of:

  • Two assignments of 3,000 words each, weighted 50% each

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