2023-2024 / ECON2246-2

Economics of developing countries


8h Th, 16h SEM

Number of credits

 Master in agricultural bioengineering (120 ECTS)2 crédits 


Hossein Azadi

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

1. Introduction
1.1. Definition
- growth
- development
- sustainability
1.2. Historical framework - Context
2. Quantitative and qualitative indicators
2.1. Quantitative (GNP, GDP, HPI, HDI, GDI)
2.2. Qualitative (GEM, ISEW)
2.3. Wrap up
3. Money, debt, structural adjustment
3.1. Under and upper - valuation of money
3.2. Debt (origin, evolution, solutions)
3.3. Structural adjustment
4. Internationalization, Investment and competition
5. Growth, sustainable development and environment
6. Growth, sustainable development and health
7. Growth, sustainable development and education
8. Growth, sustainable development and fight against poverty
9. Growth, sustainable development and democracy
10. Growth, sustainable development and corruption
11. The gender issue (concept, indicators, evolution)
12. The informal sector
13. Wrap up and perspectives

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Initiate students to developing countries economic and social issues and contribute to the research of sustainable perspectives and development by students.
After completing the course the student is expected to
- will be familiarized with the main issues and the international political agenda linked to the development problematics
- will be able to interpret the main quantitative and qualitative development indicators
- will obtain the basic elements required to discuss and participate in debates related to all the development issues including cross-cutting issues (gender, environment,...)

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

-- EG101 - Political and social economics

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Lectures : 8h
Seminars : 16h

Recommended or required readings

UNDP (1990 to 2005). Human Development Report
World Bank (1988 to 2005). World Development Report

Any session :

- In-person

written exam

- Remote

written work

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred remote

Additional information:

Group report (30%)
Written exam (70%)

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


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