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Advanced Diploma in Economic Growth and Development

Learn about human development and contemporary issues in economic growth and development from this free online course.

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Diploma in Economic Growth and Development is a free online course that will teach you vital information about economic indicators and factors of human development. Learn about the effects of globalization on world economies, different models of economic development, and contemporary issues of human development. Start this course today and improve your knowledge of the workings of global economic systems.
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    15-20 Hours
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Diploma in Economic Growth and Development is a free online course that guides you through vital aspects of the determinants of world economies and the human development discourse in economic development. This course will help to improve your knowledge of economic concepts and models, the international poverty discourse, and gender development issues. First, you will be introduced to the basic concepts of economic growth and development, structural features of developed and developing countries, and various economic development indices.

Next, you will study the trends in development thinking, strategies in the classical and contemporary theories of economic development, along with the different measures and principles of inequality. Then, you will learn about human development approaches, measuring human development in world economies using various indices, and the evolution of the Human Development Index (HDI). Finally, you will discuss other human development issues such as the Multidimensional Poverty Index, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and gender mainstreaming concepts.

By taking this free online course from Alison, you will gain critical knowledge of global economic controversies and basic development strategies. This comprehensive course will be of interest to students, researchers, economic analysts, and anyone with an interest in economic models and global economic systems. Enroll for this course today and give your knowledge of economic development and growth a boost!

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Basic Concepts and Contemporary Issues

Strategies of Economic Growth and Development

Diploma in Economic Growth and Development - First Assessment

Growth and Inequality

Human Development Approaches

Measuring Human Development

Other Human Development Issues

Diploma in Economic Growth and Development - Second Assessment

Course assessment

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Distinguish the structural features of developed and developing economies
  • Discuss the discontent in globalization from the Global North-South divide
  • Indicate various indices of economic development
  • Discuss the trends in economic development thinking
  • Outline the classical and contemporary theories of economic development
  • Analyze the principles of inequality measurement
  • Discuss the procedural concerns in applying the human development paradigm
  • Contrast the differences in the capabilities approach, utilitarianism, and the basic needs approach
  • Analyze the use of the Multidimensional Poverty Index in policymaking and grouping of countries
  • Examine the shift from Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Discuss the evolution of gender mainstreaming


All Alison courses are free to enrol, study and complete. To successfully complete this Diploma course and become an Alison Graduate, you need to achieve 80% or higher in each course assessment. Once you have completed this Diploma course, you have the option to acquire an official Diploma, which is a great way to share your achievement with the world. Your Alison Diploma is:

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