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ECOS3002: Development Economics

This unit examines the economic transformation of less-developed countries from microeconomic and macroeconomic perspectives. It covers applied topics such as education, health, nutrition, demographics, labour, agriculture and the private sector, focusing on how policies attempt to overcome market and institutional failures that are particularly acute in the developing world. Focus is given to applying theoretical and empirical tools necessary to conceptualise, analyse and interpret various issues in economic development. Applied examples from developing countries are used throughout the unit.


Academic unit Economics
Unit code ECOS3002
Unit name Development Economics
Session, year
Semester 2, 2022
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

ECOS2001 or ECOS2901 or ECOS2002 or ECOS2902
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Russell Toth,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Open book) Type C final exam Final exam
Short-answer and short essay questions
50% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
In-semester test (Open book) Type C in-semester exam Mid-semester exam
Short-answer and short essay questions
30% Week 08
Due date: 19 Sep 2022 at 14:00
50 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO2
Assignment group assignment Written assessment
Long answer/essay, online submission, multiple steps. See assign. descrip.
20% Week 12
Due date: 28 Oct 2022 at 17:00
1000 words per student
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Group assignment with individually assessed component = group assignment with individually assessed component ?
Type C final exam = Type C final exam ?
Type C in-semester exam = Type C in-semester exam ?

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.


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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Lecture 1 Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 02 Lecture 2 Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Tutorial for lecture 1 Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 03 Lecture 3 Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Tutorial for lecture 2 Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 04 Lecture 4 Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Tutorial for lecture 3 Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 05 Lecture 5 Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Tutorial for lecture 4 Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 06 Lecture 6 Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Tutorial for lecture 5 Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 07 Lecture 7 Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Tutorial for lecture 6 Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 10 Lecture 8 Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Tutorial for lecture 7 Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 11 Lecture 9 Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Tutorial for lecture 8 Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 12 Lecture 10 Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Tutorial for lecture 9 Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 13 Lecture 11 Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Tutorial for lecture 10 Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: According to Faculty Board Resolutions, students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are expected to attend 90% of their classes. If you attend less than 50% of classes, regardless of the reasons, you may be referred to the Examiner’s Board. The Examiner’s Board will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.
  • Lecture recording: Most lectures (in recording-equipped venues) will be recorded and may be made available to students on the LMS. However, you should not rely on lecture recording to substitute your classroom learning experience.
  • Preparation: Students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Required textbook:

de Janvry, Alain, and Elisabeth Sadoulet. 2021. Development Economics: Theory and Practice, 2nd edition. Routledge.

See associated content on textbook website:*

For all other readings, see the weekly modules on the ECOS3002 Canvas site.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the key microeconomic issues relating to economic development and poverty reduction
  • LO2. utilise common empirical tools in development microeconomics
  • LO3. formulate, evaluate and communicate about development policies and interventions.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
In 2022 ECOS3002 will have more applied econometrics content, clearer tutorial assignments, and some adjustments to the group project for a better student experience.

We will use Canvas, Canvas messaging, and Ed extensively. Please setup Canvas messaging to forward to your USyd student email, and plan to regularly check the course Canvas and Ed sites.


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