• Class Number 9525
  • Term Code 3060
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • EmPr Premachandra Athukorala
    • EmPr Premachandra Athukorala
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 27/07/2020
  • Class End Date 30/10/2020
  • Census Date 31/08/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 03/08/2020
    • Wishnu Mahraddika
SELT Survey Results

The course deals with the principal issues of economic development, with the objective of preparing students for advanced study and policy-oriented research in this subject area.  Emphasis will be on economy-wide aspects of economic development, with special references to international dimensions of national development policy making.  The basic approach is to present the relevant theory, examine the empirical validity of alternative models and draw out their policy implications.  Major policy issues are discussed with illustrations from actual experiences in selected developing countries.  As an integral part of the course, an attempt will be made to train students to collect and interpret data on developing economies. The course is intended for students in the Master of International and Development Economics or the Master of Public Policy.

Learning Outcomes

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

The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the wide-ranging policy issues and theories in development economics. On satisfying the requirements for this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to critically evaluate economic problems of developing countries and to effectively participate in the contemporary policy debate on development priorities and policy reforms in these countries.  It is hoped that the course will help students in defining topics for their doctoral research.

Required Resources

Economics of Development

Author: Perkins, Dwight H., Steven Radelet and David L. Lindauer

Publisher: New York: W.W. Norton

Edition: Seventh Edition

ISBN: ISBN 0-393-93435-7 (International Student Edition)

Availability: Campus Bookstore




Supplementary readings

Selected journal articles and chapters/sections of books (to be posted on Wattle under each lecture)

Some of the lectures and tutorials will make use of quantitative development data. Students are expected to become familiar with relevant web-based data sources, in particular World Bank, World Development Indicators database (WDI) and International Monetary Fund, International Financial Statistics. These can be accessed through E-Resources & Databases on the front webpage of ANU Library.


Students are expected to become familiar with the data compendiums contained in the following :annual publications:


World Bank,  World Development Indicators, and World Development Report.     


United Nations Development Program, Human Development Report.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class

Student Feedback

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Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Week 1 - 30/07/2019: Introduction Concepts, indicators, and pattern of growth and development Lecturer: Athukorala
2 Week 2 - 06/08/2019: Growth/development debate: Paradigm shifts Lecturer: Athukorala
3 Week 3 - 13/08/2019: Theories of economic growth Lecturer: Athukorala
4 Week 4 - 20/08/2019: Theories of economic growth (continued) Lecturer: Athukorala
5 Week 5 - 27/08/2019: Inequality and poverty Lecturer: Athukorala
6 Week 6 - 03/09/2019: Population, human capital and economic development Lecturer: Athukorala
7 Week 7 - 24/09/2019: Financing economic growth: Saving, Investment and Growth Mid-term examination Lecturer: Athukorala
8 Week 8 - 01/10/2019: Agriculture and development Lecturer: Athukorala
9 Week 9 - 08/10/2019: Trade and development Lecturer: Athukorala
10 Week 10 - 15/10/2019: Trade and development (continued) Lecturer: Athukorala
11 Week 11 - 22/10/2019 Capital flows, foreign aid and development Lecturer: Athukorala
12 Week 12 - 29/10/2019: Managing an open economy Lecturer: Athukorala

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Mid-term examination 25 % 22/09/2020 * 1,2,3
Reading assignment 25 % 06/11/2020 20/11/2020 1,2,3
Final examination 50 % * * 1,2,3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


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Assessment Requirements

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Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 22/09/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Mid-term examination

Mid-term examination (one hour, multiple choice) will be held on the 22nd September

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 06/11/2020
Return of Assessment: 20/11/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Reading assignment

Length: 3000 words

Mode of sunmission: Turnitin on Wattle

Due date/time: Friday 6 November, 11:55PM

Write a critical review of one of the five books listed below in light of what you have learned in the course. The total word count should not exceed 3000.    

 (1) Banerjee, Abhijit V. and Esther Duflo (2019), Good Economics for Hard Times: Better Answers to our Biggest Problems, New York, Allen Lane

(2) Case, Anne and Angus Deaton (2020), Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism, Princeton, NJ: Price ton University Press.

(3) Milanovic, Branko (2019), Capitalism, Alone: The Future of the System that Rule the World, Cambridge, Mas: Harvard University Press.

(2)  Levy, Santiago (2018), Under-Rewarded Efforts: The Elusive Quest for Prosperity in Mexico, Washington DC: Inter-American Development Bank.

(3)  Panagariya, Arvind (2019), Free Trade and [prosperity: How Openness Help the Developing Countries Grow Richer and Combat Poverty, New York: Oxford University Press.

The marked assignment with written feedback will be made available via Wattle after the final exam results are released.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Final examination

Final exam will cover the entire course.

Final Examination will be held during the examination period with the specific date to be confirmed.

Results will be released on 28 November via ISIS.

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Hardcopy Submission

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Late Submission

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Referencing Requirements

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Extensions and Penalties

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EmPr Premachandra Athukorala
02 6125 8259

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EmPr Premachandra Athukorala
02 6125 8259

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EmPr Premachandra Athukorala

Tuesday 10:00 12:00
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