Skip to main content

Unit information: Globalisation and Development in 2021/22

Unit name Globalisation and Development
Unit code ECON10053
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. De Magalhaes
Open unit status Not open

Grade A or Level 7 in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent)



School/department School of Economics
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


This course provides an overview of the economics of Globalisation and Development. The first part of the course will take a historical perspective and focus on globalisation and development up to the Industrial Revolution. We will discuss the main driving forces: geography, culture, and institutions. The second part of the course first introduces several models of development and underdevelopment, with an emphasis on capital accumulation, rural-urban migration and the possibility of poverty traps. Next, it moves on to explore the influence that international trade, financial globalisation and international migration have on modern development. Finally, the course turns to examining in more detail the agricultural and industrial sectors and what governments can do to facilitate their transformation as well as the development of the whole economy.

  • Why do some countries grow more quickly than others?
  • Is inequality a necessary precondition to growth?
  • What role should the State play in economic development?

Whilst these questions are difficult the course does not assume any previous knowledge of economics. Some basic (GCSE level) mathematics is used through the course.

Intended learning outcomes

To develop a coherent understanding of the economic causes and consequences of globalisation and development. To evaluate the different theories that explain development. To be able to apply simple economic analysis to some of the problems facing present-day less developed countries. To be able to critically evaluate developmental policy undertaken by domestic governments and international organisations.

Students will develop an understanding of several basic economic models and concepts, and the ability to critically compare them:

  • The principle of Comparative Advantage.
  • The role of trade and specialization in determining growth.
  • The Malthusian model of population growth.
  • The Importance of Institutions for growth.
  • The Solow model of economic growth.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions such as online teaching for large and small group, face-to-face small group classes (where possible) and interactive learning activities

Assessment Details

MCQs (20%) Final essay (80%)


If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. ECON10053).