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Tästä osiosta löydät kurssin opetusaikataulun. Tarkista mahdolliset muut aikataulut kuvauksesta.

Ke 12.8.2015
16:30 - 19:45
To 13.8.2015
16:30 - 19:45
Ma 17.8.2015
16:30 - 19:45
Ti 18.8.2015
16:30 - 19:45
Ke 19.8.2015
16:30 - 19:45
To 20.8.2015
16:30 - 19:45

Ilmoittautuminen ja opintomaksu

Fee: 50 euros

The course or module fee is payable immediately upon registration, either through an online bank transfer or with a credit card. Please see the registration and payment terms on our website.

Except for a possible study material fee, summer classes at the University of Helsinki Open University are free of charge for those undergraduate students of the University of Helsinki who have registered as attending students for the spring term or for the preceding academic year.


Preceding Studies

  • Development Economics I (5 cr)

Language skills levels
In order to complete the course you must already have a good command of English. The course requires a starting level of B2-C1 ( CEF).

The course aims to build on the course ‘Introduction to Development Economics I’, by extending the focus of understanding development economics by providing a series of extended topic based lectures that are key to current policy debates in development economics. 

The lectures will provide a theoretical understanding of the issues covered in addition to providing extensive applied examples of the areas covered – including issues of education, health, gender, finance and social protection. The course will be complemented with group work exercises and be assessed throught a written assignment.

On completion of the unit students will be able to:

  • Understand and apply extended theories and principles of economic development and have received extensive applied examples of these from developing countries.
  • Understand the linkage between theory and practice.
  • Develop analytical skills relevant to the assessment of these different economic development principles.
  • Examine the main sources of economic and social data relevant to economic development – particularly in relation to education, health, gender and social protection issues.;
  • Understand the knowledge and skills acquired to the study of the main forces sustaining and limiting economic development today, and the design of effective policy interventions. 

Online learning environment Moodle

Online learning environment Moodle will be used on the course. The course Moodle will open on Wed, 12 August 2015.

You will find the Moodle address and the course key that is required for the first login on the Open University's My Pages service. You will also receive the information by email a few days before the course starts.

University of Helsinki username

You will be granted a University of Helsinki username for the duration of your studies.

You will receive instructions on how to activate your username by e-mail before the start of your studies. See further instructions on an AD account and its activation. An expired username can be reactivated by requesting a new password .


Course content: 

  • (Brief) Introduction to Development Economics & Review of The Main Issues of Development Economics (covered in ‘Introduction to Development Economics I’)
  • Education and Development
    Case Study: Rates of return to education in developing countries - Should developing countries subsidise higher education? 
  • Health and Development
    Case Study:: Health Sector Reform in Uganda and Mexico
  • Does Government Money Get to the Schools and Health Centres?  Public Expenditure Tracking Systems –
    Case Study: Public Expenditure Tracking Systems in Practice – How to Establish the Level of Corruption/Leakage 
  • Gender and Development – The Role of Women in Economic Growth
    Case Study: Gender and Labour Market Participation of The Extreme Poor in Bangladesh 
  • Finance and Development – Privatisation and Regulations
    Case study: Cost of Regulation in Uganda and The Impact of Sugar Privatisation in Jamaica 
  • Social Protection and Development – Programmes for the Poorest
    Case Study: Lesotho Pensions System and ‘Just Give Cash To The Poorest’ – Examples of Cash Transfers and Other Social Protection Schemes.

Lectures 24 hours + essay (3000 words)

Wed 12 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm
Thu 13 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm
Mon 17 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm
Tue 18 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm
Wed 19 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm
Thu 20 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm

Teaching rooms are subject to change. Check the venue in the study programme before the course begins. You may also check the venue by clicking the location link at the bottom of this page. Please contact the Student Services if needed

Recommended Textbooks: 

  • Lawson, David with D. Hulme, I. Matin and K. Moore (2010), What Works for The Poorest: Poverty Reduction Programmes for the Ultra Poor, Practical Action.
  • Todaro, M. P. and Smith, S. (2006),Economic Development 9 th ed. Pearson, London (recommended for all)
  • Meir G and Rauch JE (eds) (2005), Leading Issues in Economic Development 8 th edition Oxford UP (recommended for all)
  • Premilinary Reading List


We reserve the right to make changes to the study programme.

Grading: 0-5

The final grade will appear in the My studies section of Flamma within 4-6 weeks after completing the course. Information about completed assignments can be viewed in the online learning environment Moodle. Their grades will not be stored in the Open University's register after the study module has ended.

Registration begins on Tue 2 June, at 10.00 am

You can register for the course until it begins. Registration is binding. Please see the registration and payment terms on our website.
To register, you must first create an account (free of charge) on the Open University web service.

Registration for the course

Teacher: Dr David Lawson


University of Helsinki Open University

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