SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

Economic Development in South Asia a) the macroeconomy (MSc RID)

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Year of study:
Year 1
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Term 2

The aim of this course is to give a broad analytical and chronological outline of the economic development of Pakistan and India from Independence to the current period. The course contains a broad mix of economic theory, and empirical and historical analysis. Topics covered include:

‘The State, Planning and Industrialisation’,
‘Radicalism and Reform’,
‘Democracy, Authoritarianism and Development’,
The course forms a natural partner for Part B. Though a background in economics is useful no prior knowledge of the region is assumed.

This course will delivered alongside the parallel course Economic development of South Asia a) the macroeconomy, worth 18 CATS credits. Students will have the opportunity to attend all lectures and tutorial, but the examinable component will be approximately  85% of the 18 CATS credits syllabus. The following topics will not be part of the examinable component of this course: Week 11: 'Jobless Growth' to 'Inclusive Growth in South Asia?

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Summarise the chronological economic development of both India and Pakistan since independence.
  • Analyse their competing political systems from the view of their development.
  • Demonstrate a grasp of the economic theories under discussion and a clear analysis of their use in the history of Indian and Pakistani economies from 1948.

Method of assessment

Assessment weighting: Exam 70% / coursework 30% (1 essay). Resubmission of coursework regulations apply.


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