NIFB14033U Development Economics
BSc Programme in Agricultural Economics
This course examines the challenges posed by poverty affecting billions of people in low-income countries across the world, taking an economic approach to conceptualizing those challenges, their causes and solutions. The course will provide the students with theoretical frameworks enabling them to understand, measure, analyse and discuss themes within the development economics literature focusing on poverty and its alleviation. Key questions discussed during the course include: What is life like when living with under a dollar a day? Are famines unavoidable? Is child labour necessary? Is education and health key to lifting people out of poverty? Why are the poor forest-dependent and the forest-dependent poor? Does growth help the poorest of the poor? And does aid matter for development?
The course includes the seven thematic topics:
- Poverty and inequality
- Economic growth and development
- Health and Education
- Agricultural transformation
- Poverty and the environment
- Democracy, governance and conflicts
Towards the end of the course, students should be able to:
- Define development economic concepts and models
- Describe common economic characteristics and problems of life in low income countries
- Apply development economic concepts to explain the causes and the interconnection of problems faced by households and institutions in low income countries
- Analyse quantitative data using excel to answer development economic questions
- Interpret the implication of development economic measures and models for development policy-related questions
- Discuss and cooperate with fellow students to solve problems
- Critically reflect on and discuss causes and consequences of economic problems faced by households and institutions in developing countries
The course takes departure in various textbook material provided through Absalon. The curriculum will be described on Absalon prior to course start. Additional material including scientific articles, book chapters and reports will be supplied throughout the course.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Continuous assessmentWritten examination, 4 hours under invigilationThe assessment has two components: (i) continuous assessment of participation in online discussions (20% of final mark); (ii) Written examination (80%), 4 hours under invigilation. A prerequisite for being allowed to enrol for the written exam is that five out of seven online quizzes are passed.
- Exam registration requirements
Five out of seven online quizzes must be passed.
- Only certain aids allowed
All aids allowed for online discussions and quizzes. No aids allowed for written examination.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
One internal examiner
Written or oral examination depending on number of students (oral if 10 students or less). Quizzess five out of seven must be passed three weeks prior to reexamination. No aid allowed for written examination. Oral examination of 20 - 30 minutes duration. With no time for preparation and no aid allowed.
Criteria for exam assesment
Assesment in accordance with the learning outcomes
- Practical exercises