In a constantly changing world, out model and out-dated textbooks have special proclivity for survival. Long after academic researchers oriented their discipline toward new issues and problems, many leading textbooks continue to focus on discarded concepts and appropriate model.

            This situation is more common to the rapidly changing field of development economies. It is precisely in the hope of rectifying this situation that this present course outline has been conceived and structured.

            The course outline however treats economic development analytically. The coverage of the subject is fairly comprehensive but certainly not exhaustive. As shall be found in the course outline, chapter 1 deals with the basic concepts of development and underdevelopment. Chapter 2, 3, 5, and 6 deal with theories of development which is the main subject matter of the course. The course outline concludes with Chapter 7 which is the obstacles to development.

            S. A. Aladejana