Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Understanding Development: A Multidisciplinary Approach ECON5101

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course will present the different approaches to the problem of economic development that exist in academic disciplines such as sociology, anthropology or psychology; and relate these to the approach and practice from economics.


A two-hour lecture each week for 10 weeks. 2 one-hour tutorials, 1 in teaching week 4 and 1 in teaching week 6.

Requirements of Entry

Please refer to the current postgraduate prospectus at:

Excluded Courses



Coursework: essay or other form of written assignment  of up to 2,000 words (25% of final grade for course)

Examination: two-hour end-of-course examination (75% of final grade for course).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The course aims to explore the different perspectives towards economic development that exist across a range of academic disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, psychology; and describe how these relate to the perspective from economics.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


1. Demonstrate knowledge of the concept of development from a multidisciplinary approach.

2. Develop a critical understanding of human behaviour and society in the context of development.

3. Critically evaluate economic, psychological and social perspectives on development.

4. Develop the capacity to design effective strategies that help to improve the work of development professionals.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.