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PäivämääräAikaOpetuspaikka
Ke 16.8.2017
16:30 - 19:45
To 17.8.2017
16:30 - 19:45
Ma 21.8.2017
16:30 - 19:45
Ti 22.8.2017
16:30 - 19:45
Ke 23.8.2017
16:30 - 19:45
To 24.8.2017
16:30 - 19:45

Ilmoittautuminen ja opintomaksu

75 euros
More information

Summer courses are free of charge for undergraduate students of the University of Helsinki who are enlisted as attending students at the moment of registration. This excludes a possible fee for study materials.

Online registration is for students who have Finnish identity number. Registration begins at noon 45 days before the beginning of the course.

How can I become a student

More information about registration.

Kuvaus

No prior knowledge of development Economics is required. Development Economics II is a stand alone course - you do not need to have completed Development Economics I. The course would appeal to anybody with an interest in current issues in development studies, for example how to analyse corruption and the impact on economic growth, the benefits of social protection programmes for the very poorest, and issues of finance and development. Each of the 6 individual lectures covers a different topic, and provides in-depth developing country case studies.

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).

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). http://www.avoin.helsinki.fi/open_university/language_skill_levels.htm

Aims
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 with a written assignment.

1,2 eller 3 studieåret

Aims
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 with a written assignment.

Objectives
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.
  • Able to 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.

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 + group exercises + essay (3000 words)
The course will be complemented with group work exercises and be assessed through a written assignment.

Taught in English.

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 9th ed. Pearson, London (recommended for all)
  • Meir G and Rauch JE (eds) (2005), Leading Issues in Economic Development 8th edition Oxford UP (recommended for all)
  • Premilinary Reading List

Grading: 0-5

Course offered in Finnish

Moodle
Online learning environment Moodle will be used on the course. The course Moodle will open on Wed 10 August 2016.

Lectures:
Wed 16 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm
Thu 17 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm
Mon 21 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm
Tue 22 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm
Wed 23 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm
Thu 24 August at 4.30 pm-7.45 pm

The essay must be returned to Moodle on 2 October 2017 at the latest.

During your studies

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

Dr. David Lawson