Development Economics

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Development Economics

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Development Studies, Economics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    EC201: Intermediate Macroeconomics and EC203: Economic Statistics

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course gives students a systematic introduction to the characteristics and problems of developing countries. It also: surveys the main theories and models of growth and development; and examines a range of policy-related issues bearing on industrial and agricultural development, international trade, transport, technology, gender, the environment, structural `adjustment`, foreign aid, foreign investment, and demography. In all cases, the general significance of these issues is established first, and then possible relevance to the circumstances of the Pacific Islands is identified and discussed. In addition, certain topics of particular importance in the islands are examined in especial detail-notably environmental problems, population growth and migration, trade and aid issues in an era of deregulation, and the consequences of `smallness` for development in general and policy formulation in particular.
    Learning Outcomes
    - Explain the main issues facing developing economies and the factors that hinder or promote economic growth and development.
    - Conduct quantitative analysis of country performance in key areas of development.
    - Synthesise the key issues hindering growth in the Pacific and policy options for promoting growth and development.

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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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