SØK2007 - Development Economics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 100/100 4 hours

Course content

The course provides an introduction to the causes of economic underdevelopment and the conditions for economic development. The main features of economic underdevelopment are illustrated with empirical material. The course provides an overview of various theories of economic growth, and further considers topics like income distribution, measurement of poverty, interaction between traditional and modern sector, international trade and development aid.

Learning outcome

You learn
- how to measure standards of living, extent of poverty and degree of inequality
- different theories of growth and development, including models emphasizing the role of human capital, international trade and rural-urban migration
- about factors affecting productivity in agriculture and industry
- about the role of foreign aid in economic development

You should be able to
- compare and evaluate different measures of living standards, poverty and inequality
- apply analytical and graphical models to analyze development issues and assess how economic policies can affect economic development
- use empirical evidence on the motivation behind aid allocation and the growth effects of aid to evaluate the role of foreign aid in economic development

General competence
You should be able to
- follow economic reasoning related to the course in the public debate and professional reports

Learning methods and activities

2 hours of lectures every week and 2 hours of practical assignment every other week.
Compulsory activity: Approved term paper(s)/ exercise(s). Specific requirements will be announced at the beginning of the term. Term papers can be written as a joint project by up to four students.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved term paper(s)/exercise(s)

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Announced at the beginning of the term.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SØK1102 7.5 01.09.2012
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 1

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Social Science
  • Economics
  • Social Sciences
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Economics



Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100

Release 2020-12-17

Submission 2020-12-17

Release 09:00

Submission 13:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100

Release 2021-05-12

Submission 2021-05-12

Release 09:00

Submission 13:00

Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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