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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024 (archived)


Department: Economics


Type Open Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2023/24 Module Cap Location Durham


  • For the academic year 2023/24: Any Level 2 Economics module. For the academic year 2024/25 onwards: EITHER Macroeconomics (ECON2011) AND Microeconomics (ECON2021) OR Economic Theory (ECON2291)


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To provide students with insights into some of the key issues affecting the development of countries.
  • To stimulate students to study, present and debate their own ideas and analyses of these issues.
  • To widen students' perceptions of the world and of the applicability of economic science and to motivate them to retain that perception.
  • To provide the opportunity for students to build on knowledge and key skills acquired in their second year studies.


  • Content will include the relationship between the development of countries and topics such as:
  • Structural transformation,
  • Climate change,
  • Agriculture and famines,
  • Poverty and inequality,
  • Physical capital and technology,
  • Human capital,
  • Demography,
  • Internal and international labour migration,
  • Formal and informal institutions,
  • International trade and openness,
  • Natural resources,
  • Foreign aid.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Theories, controversies, policies and case studies of how countries attempt to grow and develop over time.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Application of economic analysis to lower income countries
Key Skills:
  • critical and analytical thinking
  • problem solving
  • written communication
  • own learning
  • working with numbers
  • working with others
  • bibliographic search and information retrieval.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Teaching is by lectures and seminars. Learning takes place through attendance at lectures; preparation and participation in seminar classes and private study.
  • Formative assessment is by means of a written assignment.
  • Summative assessment is by means of a written assignment.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 20 10 in term 1, 10 in term 2 1 hour 20
Seminars 8 4 in term 1, 4 in term 2 1 hour 8
Preparation and Reading 172
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
One written assignment 4,000 words 100% Same

Formative Assessment:

One written piece of work to prepare students for the summative assignment.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University