The Economics Network

Improving economics teaching and learning for over 20 years

Workshop on Teaching Development Economics, May 2008

a workshop to share ideas on syllabus, teaching methods and assessment


Wednesday 21 May 2008, 10.30am - 4pm


Room G27, Senior Common Room, Department of Economics, 90 Vincent Drive, 
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT.

Directions to the University. Campus Map. (The Department of Economics is Building B7 in the Blue Zone).

Overview of Workshop

This is an opportunity for those teaching development economics, or those planning to teach it, to share ideas on curriculum contents, teaching methods and assessment. Participants are encouraged to bring teaching materials with them, such as module handbooks, reading lists, seminar exercises, exam papers and other forms of assessment.

Draft programme

10.30Arrival: coffee and registration
11.00Introduction and purposes of workshop
11.10Introductory exercise: "spot the LDCs"
11.45Small groups to share and critique each other's syllabuses and reading lists: note issues arising.
12.30Plenary to feedback from small groups
13.30Presentation on activities and resources of the Economics Network
13.50Small groups to share and critique each other's teaching methods and assessment: note issues arising (similar pattern to morning session)
15.00Plenary to feedback from small groups
15.20Two 'show and tell' sessions of innovations in teaching development economics
15.50Using a Wiki on the Economics Network site to share resources

Workshop leader

The workshop is led by Dr Peter Smith from the University of Southampton, whose research interests are in the field of development economics. He has had many years' experience in teaching development economics to undergraduates and in PhD supervision in the field. Peter is Deputy Head of School and an Associate of the Economics Network.

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