Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Growth, Development and Sustainability
Academic Year
Semester 2
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  (2,000 words)  30%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   70%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  (2,000 words)  30%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   70%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of growth and development theories and critically evaluate them.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the development needs of poorer states, and assess the growth and development strategies available to them.

3. Analyse and explain the on-going debate on the trade-off between economic growth and sustainability at a global level.

4. Demonstrate an ability to anticipate the consequences of development for environmental sustainability.

5. Formulate proposals at the corporate, governmental and intergovernmental levels for actions to facilitate sustainable development of developed and developing countries.

Brief description

This module examines the nature of the economic development process, its causes, and consequences, in particular the associated major problems of inequality, unsustainable development, environmental degradation as well as the policy solutions to address these problems.


• Measurement of development and underdevelopment.
Globalization, interdependence, UN development goals
• Classical theories of development and growth
• International trade, the balance of payments and development
• The new growth theories: endogenous growth
• Convergence, centre and periphery, continuously uneven growth
• Financing economic development. The informal financial sector. Financial liberalization and economic growth.
• Agricultural Transformation and rural Development.
• Urbanization, Migration and remittances
• Poverty, Inequality and Development
• The Environment and Development. Climate change, its economic impact, international agreements and institutions. Economic growth versus sustainable development debate.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Development of quantitative (mathematical, statistical, econometric) skills
Communication Development of oral and written communication including data response
Improving own Learning and Performance Development of quantitative analytical skills instrumental for learning in other modules
Information Technology Use of statistical (computer) software for data and regression analysis
Personal Development and Career planning Development of quantitative analtyical skills useful in a wide. No range of professions and in further study
Problem solving Identifying the problem to be solved * Finding pertinent data in order to solve the problem. Application of appropriate methods and statistical tools for solving the problem * Understanding and interpretation of results.
Research skills Basic Research Skills pertaining to operationalization of economic theory into testable propositions. Testing these propositions using appropriate data and statistical techniques * Analysis of economic data
Subject Specific Skills Use of statistical computer software to assess economic performance. Economic and policy analysis (in other subject areas of economics)
Team work Team working skills through self-study working groups


This module is at CQFW Level 6