LOJA10287U  Development Economics

Volume 2013/2014
Bacheloruddannelsen i jordbrugsøkonomi
MSc Programme in Agricultural Economics

The central themes in this course include:

  • The nature and prevalence of poverty in the developing world.
  • The determinants and importance of education and health (human capital) in development.
  • The advance of theories of economic development.
  • The role and importance of the agricultural sector in economic transformation.
  • The role of the state and macroeconomic policies in the development process.
  • Special issues: The environment, Foreign aid and Foreign Investment.
Learning Outcome

The aim of the course is to provide the students with an overall understanding of the central economic issues related to underdevelopment, poverty and inequality

Become familiar with basic economic concepts, paradigms, data and policy tools related to economic development.

Apply theory-based tools to analyse socio-economic problems and evaluate policy options

Develop abilities to analyse socio-economic problems in developing countries using relevant theoretical frameworks and data

The literature will be announced at the beginnning of course at Absalon.

It will be based on a textbook like:
Michael P. Todaro and Stephen C. Smith, Economic Development, 11th
edition, Addison-Wesley, 2011.


It is highly recommended to have attended courses in micro- and macroeconomics as well as International economics prior to this course, since the course is an economics course building on the knowledge obtained in these courses.
The teaching is based on lectures that introduce the central themes in the curriculum.

These central topics will be further elaborated upon in assignments and group work where the students will read, present and discuss short texts of relevant and topical problems and controversies.

Furthermore there will be both theoretical and practical exercises in witch the students can develop their understanding of the issues dealt with in the curriculum.
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination, 4 timer under invigilation
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
One internal examiner
If 10 or fewer register for the reexamination the examination form will be oral.
Criteria for exam assesment

assesment in accordance with the competence description

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 40
  • Theory exercises
  • 42
  • Project work
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 78
  • Exam
  • 4
  • Total
  • 206