• 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 Development Studies, Economics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2025
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This course is available for on-campus & remote (online) learning. All students participate in interactive, real-time classes.

This course explores and analyses the key issues in economic development. Students will develop descriptive skills and apply theoretical models to understand and analyse key issues in the field of development economics. The course will draw on experiences from developing economies in the Asia-Pacific and beyond, with a focus on policy approaches able to boost development outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a strong understanding of the theoretical principles and conceptual arguments for dealing with key issues in economic development.
  2. Apply analytical methods to analyse real-world situations in economic development.
  3. Understand the key issues with respect to policies aiming to enhance economic development.
  4. Evaluate the roles, strengths, and limitations of the various kinds of institutions that exist in developing countries.
  5. Demonstrate capacity to carry out research on cross-country differences in economic growth and development among developing countries.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Written assignment (maximum 1,000 words) (15) [LO 1,2,4]
  2. Essay (maximum 2,000 words) (35) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  3. Final exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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The standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including class time and independent study.

Inherent Requirements


Prescribed Texts

Thirlwall, A.P. and Pacheco-López, P. (2017) Economics of Development, Palgrave Macmillan, 10th Edition.

Preliminary Reading

Readings will be available on the Wattle course site.

Assumed Knowledge

Fundamental knowledge in economics and policy studies is assumed.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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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
2202 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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