Faculty of Business and Economics

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Economics
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Edwyna Harris


The unit surveys the source of economic development during the nineteenth and twentieth century with an emphasis on fluctuations in growth rates. Topics include analysis of climate, geography, institutions, human capital and technology on long-run growth. These topics are intended to enhance students' understanding of why some countries are rich whilst others are poor.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. understand the general outline of economic development
  2. critically examine the major explanations of the dynamics of growth and change in the economy over the last two centuries
  3. develop analytical, written and oral skills by writing long essays
  4. acquire an historical understanding of current economic circumstances.


Within semester assessment: 40%
Examination: 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

3 hours per week


ECC3510, ECC4351