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Rationale for the course

This is an introductory course on economic development in less-developed countries. Development Economics is the pivotal subject around which the debates on economic policy and welfare have shaped up. This subject has been used and misused in development policy design and implementation. As such, this course would aim at providing a good theoretical base to students in order to enable them to participate and engage in debates in development policy.

Objectives of the course

The broad objectives of the course are (a) to provide students with a basic knowledge of the key structural features of developing countries; (b) to enhance students' understanding of the contribution that economic analysis can make in analyzing key problems of development; (c) to equip students with the analytical tools needed for the economic analysis of key problems and policy issues faced by developing countries. The course would aim at acquainting students with topics in the meaning and measurement of growth and development; approaches to the problems of economic growth and structural change; dualistic models for less-developed economies; choice of techniques and strategies for development; population problems; contribution of industry and agriculture; monetary and budgetary issues; international aspects of development; and development planning.