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:
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
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|
|B+||87-89||Good work, distinctly above|
|D+||67-69||Significantly below average|
|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.
Principles and Concepts – Chapter 1
Characteristics & Theories – Chapter 2
Growth – Chapter 4
Consumer Problems and Policies: Domestic Poverty – Chapter 5
Population – Chapter 6 (Part I)
Population – Chapter 6 (Part II)
Migration & Urbanization – Chapter 7
Education & Health – Chapter 8
Agriculture – Chapter 9
Environment – Chapter 10
International Trade Policy – Chapters 12 &13
Problems & Policies
Debt & Aid – Chapters 14 & 15