Economic Development - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2
  • Availability for 2018: SP2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Essay (10-20%) , Assignment 2 - Essay (10-20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,893.00
Domestic continuing 1,383.00
HECS 1,324.00
International 3,143.00
International continuing 1,633.00

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Economic Development Project is a project unit and will have two broad aims. The first is to increase students' awareness and understanding of conceptual and contemporary issues and concepts related to economic development in Australia and countries in the process of development. The second is to foster students' ability to reach independent and informed assessments of development issues and their possible solutions.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the unit.

After successfully completing this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Research and investigate issues related to local and international economic development
  2. Analyse and evaluate theoretical concepts related to economic development economic development issues, problems and policies
  3. Demonstrate analytical thinking related to the complex mix of forces that can both foster and hinder economic development locally and internationally
  4. Evaluate the main policy solutions put forward by governments and various international agencies identifying their limitations.
  • Assignment 1 — Essay (10-20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Essay (10-20%)
  • Assignment 3 — Assignment (20-30%)
  • Assignment 4 — Research Report (40-60%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • ECO320 — Economic Development Project

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Concepts of Economic Development
2Theories of Economic Development
4Human Capital
6The Environment
7Development Planning and the Role of State
8Financial Reform and Fiscal Policy
10Payments, Debt and Stabilisation
11Foreign Investment and Aid
12Development Prospects

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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