• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International and Developmental Economics
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Economics, Economic Policy, Applied Economics, Sustainable Development
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
Development and Environmental Planning in Developing Economies (IDEC8031)

This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning.

The purpose of this course is to provide economics students, and those not studying economics but who have taken a Microeconomics course, with some analytically informed understanding of the economics and political economy underlying development and environmental management policies in developing economies.  The issue of implementing programs to accelerate economic development versus programs to protect the quality of the environment in developing countries has become prominent since the 1970s, particularly after the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm.  The main objective of the conference was to find ways to balance economic development with environmental conservation.  The term “Sustainable Development” became prominent after that and more recently a new term “Green Growth” with a similar objective was also well-known. This course is a crucial opportunity to learn about several economic planning tools to analyse the benefits and impacts of development and environmental programs typically implemented in developing economies, to understand whether or not these programs are able to achieve the dual objective of economic development and preserving the environment.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
  1. become familiar with the main concepts and debates on economic/development and environmental policies in developing economies;
  2. understand the principles and practical application of key policy instruments for economic development and environmental conservation in different contexts;
  3. comprehend the tools to understand the benefits and impacts of key policies on development and the environment in developing economies;
  4. be able to critically assess policy proposals and put forward possible approaches for specific issues;
  5. acquire the capacity to carry out independent research on a topic relating to economic development and environmental preservation in a developing country.

Indicative Assessment

Midterm essay (20%); two short assignments (20%); final exam (60%).

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Two hour lecture and one hour workshop each week. Students will also be required to attend a Trade and Development Seminar.

Assumed Knowledge

Students without a background in economics will benefit from taking any introductory course in Microeconomics and/or Mathematical Economics.  
This course will complement other courses on development economics, such as IDEC8022 Economic Development, IDEC8009 Trade, Development and the Asia Pacific, and ECON8049 Southeast Asian Economic Policy and Development.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $2940
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4890
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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