SYLLABUS

 

Telephone:     +35542441330                       

E-mail:            junamiluka@unyt.edu.al        

Office hour:   Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 13:00-15:00

 

Course Description: This course is designed to initiate reflection and critical thinking on major topics in social and economic development.  Topics to be covered include poverty, inequality, unemployment, economic growth, population growth, environmental issues, and rural stagnation.

 

Prerequisites: The prerequisite for this course is Introduction to Microeconomics.

 

Course Purpose: The purpose of this course is to introduce social science methods and concepts that will be used to illustrate economic theories on development/underdevelopment.  Students will be introduced to the policy applications and implications of the theoretical fundamentals and empirical findings presented in class. Lastly, this course will demonstrate that developmental issues need not to be merely treated from an economic perspective; rather they need to be treated from an institutional and structural perspective as well.

 

Course Objectives: Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. develop critical thinking regarding issues of social and economic development
  2. use the theoretical concepts of social and development economics to understand and analyze the process of development
  3. be able to develop a set of analytical tools that can be successfully applied in various economic issues, and recognize different economic perspectives

 

Required Reading: M. P. Todaro and S. C. Smith, Economic Development, Addison Wesley, 8th Edition, 2002.

 

Additional reading material will be provided in class or by e-mail to augment the textbook. You will be responsible for finding, printing, reading, etc of the materials send by e-mail, unless otherwise specified. Use your e-mail account as an important source of information, for class materials and additional information regarding this course.

 

Required Readings should be completed prior to each class, therefore lecture assumes that you have read the material. Please come to class with questions on these readings. This will make class more enjoyable and productive.

 

Course Policies: This course will respect the code of conduct and all related UNYT policies with regard to: lecture attendance, plagiarism etc.  All cellular phones must be switched off during class period.

 

Exams: Two examinations will be given.  One midterm exam will be given during midterm week, and a final exam covering all course content will be given during the final examination period. Exams will include reading materials, lecture notes, and materials discussed during the presentations Makeup exams will be allowed only for compelling reasons upon provision of verification and will require pre-approval.

 

Participation: Participation extends beyond mere attendance. Classroom discussion of topics and current socio-economic events is essential for the successful completion of this course. Expect your instructor to keep track of how often you contribute to class discussion (as a whole), particularly during the panel discussion section. You may miss up to three classes without penalty – your first two absences count whether you have a good excuse or not. Each absence beyond the first three will cost you points off of your participation grade. The only exceptions to this rule are severe illness (doctor’s note required) and UNYT approved trips/activities. Appropriate documentation for absences beyond the first three is necessary the class day directly before or after the one you miss. In general: this class is intensive and interactive. Missing class could seriously affect your grade! Students are reminded not to approach the instructor for copies of the previous week’s materials during immediately before, during, or immediately after class. Students are expected to collect materials from their classmates or see the instructor during consultation hours.

 

 

Course Grade:           Grade Component                  Date                Contribution to Final Grade

                              Participation                                                                            10%

Midterm                                                                                  30 %

Final                                                                                        40 %

Oral Presentation                                                                    20%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grading Scale: Grading scale follows the official UNYT as below

Letter Grade Percent of Total Grade Generally Accepted Meaning
A 96-100 Outstanding work
A- 90-95
B+ 87-89 Good work, distinctly above
B 83-86 Average
B- 80-82
C+ 77-79 Acceptable
C 73-76
C- 70-72
D+ 67-69 Significantly below average
D 63-66
D- 60-62
F 0-59 Work that does not meet the minimum standards for passing the course

 

 

Tentative Course Outline: While the course will try to explore all topics several important issues will receive particular attention. Core chapters that cover critical models and theory are market in bold. The instructor holds the right to make changes to the syllabus, and will inform the students in due course.

 

 

Week One

Course Introduction/Requirements

Principles and Concepts – Chapter 1

 

Week Two

Characteristics & Theories – Chapter 2

 

Week Three

Growth – Chapter 4

 

Week Four

Consumer Problems and Policies: Domestic Poverty – Chapter 5

 

Week Five

Population – Chapter 6 (Part I)

 

Week Six

Population – Chapter 6 (Part II)

 

Week Seven

MIDTERM

 

Week Eight

Migration & Urbanization – Chapter 7

 

Week Nine

Education & Health – Chapter 8

 

Week Ten

Agriculture – Chapter 9

 

Week Eleven

Environment – Chapter 10

 

Week Twelve

International Trade Policy – Chapters 12 &13

 

Week Thirteen

Problems & Policies

Debt & Aid – Chapters 14 & 15

 

Week Fourteen

Group Presentation

 

Week Fifteen

Final Examination

 

 

 

 

Faculty: Business &Economics.

Department: Economis & Finance.

Grade: Undergraduate.

Majors: Business and Humanities and Social Studies.

Study Fileds: Economics, Marketing, and Political Sciences International Relations.

Course Year: 2.

Course Program: UNYT.

Scheduele: TUE 10-13:00

Instructor: Dr. Juna Miluka

Credits:

Prerequisite: Introduction to Macroeconomics