2017/18 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
LUBS3340 Economics of Famines
20 creditsClass Size: 90
Module manager: Dr Quentin Outram
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable
Year running 2017/18
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryFamines are acute episodes in which a large number of people simultaneously fail in their efforts to make a living. As such they are susceptible to economic analysis. This module is concerned to teach you how to analyse, using the tools of economics, why famines occur, how they may be prevented and the best ways to relieve them.This module supports LUBS’ distinctive approach to teaching economics as a tool for understanding and changing the world.
ObjectivesThe module aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to apply economic analysis to the explanation of why famines occur, how they may be prevented and how they may be relieved. The main emphases of the module are on applying economic theory to concrete events and processes, on the critical analysis of theory and evidence, and on the formulation and evaluation of policy.
Upon completion of this module students will be able to outline and evaluate:
- Alternative theories of famine causation
- The range of famine prevention and relief policies
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Make contributions in a team environment
- Apply time management skills
- Find and evaluate relevant literature and data
- Apply economic theory to the analysis of famine causation, prevention and mitigation policies
Theories of and perspectives on famine and their application to particular cases; relevant features of under-nutrition and 'famine diseases'; market behaviour during famines; and policies for famine prevention and relief.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Class tests, exams and assessment||1||1.00||1.00|
|Private study hours||171.00|
|Total Contact hours||29.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyFor each 20 credits of study taken, the expectation is that the normal study time (including attendance at lectures and tutorials, self-study and revision) is 200 hours.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackAn MCQ test at the end of Semester 1; feedback on return of first ACW in Semester 2; Oral group feedback will be offered at the end of each workshop.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Resit will be by 3,000 word coursework assessment.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 26/05/2017
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