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Essay: Economic Development Record - 1000 words - Max $25

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Select a single indicator by which a country’s development may be assessed and justify this choice(with appropriate reference to the literature). Harvard Referencing

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What the Assessor will be looking for when marking this assignment:

Knowledge and understanding


Knowledge of development and the debates surrounding this within the literature


advanced knowledge and understanding of the key issues in the relevant discipline area


Knowledge of scholarly conventions in research essay writing


knowledge of scholarly conventions in the discipline area, including those relating to collaboration, publication and ethics

What the Assessor will be looking for when marking this assignment:



analytical ability


ability to synthesise, analyse and critically evaluate research to make intellectual and creative advances


planning and personal time management


independent planning, management and reporting of a clearly defined and articulated project


clear and concise writing according to formal academic criteria


effective communication of knowledge and understanding to audiences within or outside the discipline area, including the wider community

What the Assessor will be looking for when marking this assignment:



independent thought that is grounded in relevant literature


intellectual curiosity and motivation for independent thinking, autonomous learning and reflective professional and personal practice


appropriate practices


commitment to ethical and sustainable practices

Prescribed texts:

The prescribed textbooks are:

Kingsbury, D., McKay, J., Hunt, J., McGillivray, M. and Clarke, M., (2008) International Development: Issues and Challenges, Palgrave Macmillan; London & New York, viii + 375 pp.

Sen, A.K., (1999) Development as Freedom, Oxford University Press, Oxford & New York, xvi + 366 pp.

Further resources

Easterly, W., (2006) The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest have Done so Much Ill and So Little Good, New York, Penguin, 448 pp.

Todaro, M.P. and Smith, S.C., (2009) Economic Development, 10th Edition; Adison Wesley, Harlow, UK, xxvii + 861 pp.

Easterly, W., (2001) The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics, MIT Press, Cambridge MA & London, xiii + 342 pp.

Diamond, J., (1997) Guns, Germs and Steel: A Short History of Everybody for the Last 13,000 Years, Vintage, London, 480 pp.

Landes, D.S., (1998) The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, Little, Brown and Company, London, xxi + 650 pp.

Thirlwall, A.P., (2006) Growth and Development: With Special Reference to Developing Economies, 8th Edition; Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, Hampshire & New York, xxx + 685 pp.

Skills: Research Writing

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