• Offered by International and Development Economics Program
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject International and Developmental Economics
  • Areas of interest Economics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Ligang Song
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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This course is an introduction to the analysis of core issues in economic development. It is an applied course that tackles major real work problems faced by policy makers especially in developing countries. The course combines description and analysis with an emphasis on the elaboration of simple and useful theoretical models for an understanding of the issues that comprise the subject of development economics. Its aim is to provide students with some foundational analytic tools for addressing core problems associated with economic development today while drawing on some experiences from developing economies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On completion of this unit you should be able to:

  • demonstrate a sound understanding of the theoretical principles and conceptual arguments for dealing with key issues in economic development
  • demonstrate the capacity to apply the analytical methodology learned to the real world situation
  • gain a clear understanding of the key issues with respect to government economic policy aimed at enhancing economic development
  • evaluate the role, strengths and limitations of various kinds of institutions which exist in many developing countries
  • demonstrate the capacity to carry out research on a topic explaining the cross-country differences in economic growth performance in developing countries.

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

Offered in Semester One on campus.

Indicative Assessment

Weekly tutorial preparation (10%)
Essay outline (1 page, 5%)
Essay (2500 words, 30%)
Exam (3 hours, 55%)

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A two-hour lecture and one hour tutorial per week for 13 weeks

Office hours run from 2 to 4 pm on Friday afternoon

Prescribed Texts

Economics of Development: Theory and Evidence by A. P. Thirlwall (Palgrave Macmillan, the Ninth Edition, 2011).


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4878
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3025 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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