ECON9915 - Topics in Development and Political Economics

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Course content

The course gives an overview of parts of the research frontier in development economics and political economics. It is an advanced doctoral course where students are presented with the current state of knowledge as well as where current research is going on and where the knowledge basis is weak. This subsequently permits the students to carry on their own research with a firm knowledge of the current knowledge base in the field.

The course content varies from year to year depending on the teacher and his/her research background. Topics include micro development economics, both empirical and theoretical, macro development economics and the effect of economic institutions, as well as both theoretical and empirical political economics.

Learning outcome

Knowledge outcomes

  • The course develops knowledge of both empirical end theoretical methods in development and political economics
  • The successful student will be able to understand when to apply different approaches
  • Mastering the course's content will allow students to the literature in development and political economics and contribute to the research frontier themselves

Skills

  • Read, interpret and criticize recent research in development and political economics

Competence

You should be able to

  • Read, understand, and critically evaluate recent research in development and political economics

  • make use of the course content in your own academic work

Admission

Students at UiO must apply for courses in StudentWeb.

This course is offered to PhD candidates at the Department of Economics.  Other candidates admitted to a PhD program may apply to take the course, but must be registered at the University of Oslo. 

Prerequisites

Formal prerequisite knowledge

Master's degree in Ecoomics, or equivalent

Recommended previous knowledge

ECON4640 - Political Economics, ECON4915 - Development Economics, or ECON4921 - Institutions and Economic Systems

Teaching

Totally 14 hours of teaching

Examination

Take home exam

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.

Appeal

Explanation

The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.

The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course

Credits

5

Level

PhD

Teaching

Spring 2016: May 11.-13.

Examination

Teaching language

English