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Course Code: 
ECON 363
Course Period: 
Spring
Course Type: 
Core
P: 
3
Application: 
0
Credits: 
3
ECTS: 
4
Course Language: 
İngilizce
Course Coordinator: 
Courses given by: 
Course Objectives: 

(1) to understand the economic development of the developing countries of Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Eastern and Central Europe, (2) to analyze the economic problems of developing countries, related to slow growth, stagnation, high poverty rates, high income inequality, and chronic external crises, (3) to discuss strategies to accelerate growth, attain sustainable development, reduce poverty and income inequality, and decrease external imbalances. (4) to achieve the ability of analyzing and interpreting the economic developments in the Turkish economy and economies of the world, (5) to be able to follow and present the academic research about economic development.

Course Content: 

This course examines the economic effects of the development processes in developed, developing and low income countries. Its focus is not only on the methods promoting economic growth and structural change, but also on improving the health, education and workplace conditions through public and private channels. Detailed survey data from developed, developing and underdeveloped countries will be examined in the course, as well as policies attempted and applied by these countries. The theories and core elements of economic development will be analyzed through comparative data and the results will be discussed.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Question-Answer, 3: Discussion, 12: Case Study
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Testing, B: Experiment, C: Homework, Q: Quiz

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Teaching Methods

Assessment Methods

To analyze the developments in the world and Turkish economy and evaluate the economic development processes of the developed countries.

1, 4, 5, 6, 7

 1, 2, 3, 12

 A, C

To learn the policies and applications necessary for sustainable development and growth and suggest the necessary applications.

1, 2, 5, 6, 7

 1, 2, 3, 12

 A, C

To acquire the ability of interpreting, analyzing and presenting the results of the research related to development economics, and answering the addressed questions.    

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

 1, 2, 3, 12

 A, C

To understand the problems that the developing and less developed countries are facing and to be able to discuss the required changes that need to be made in order to avoid the divergence trend between such countries, and to produce solutions. 

1, 4, 5, 6, 7

 1, 2, 3, 12

 A, C

To be able to analyze and compare the countries, to examine the case studies, and plan the steps for further growth.

1, 2, 5, 6, 7

 1, 2, 3, 12

 A, C

To analyze how the concepts such as income and gender inequality and poverty in the developing countries are affected by the changes in other world economies and develop a plan in order to avoid these negative effects. 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

 1, 2, 3, 12

 A, C

Course Flow

Week

Topics

Study Materials

1

Economic Development: Introduction and Overview

 

2

Economic Growth Theories

 

3

Inequality and Development: Interconnections

 

4

Economic Inequality

 

5

Poverty and Undernutrition

 

6

Population, Growth and Economic Development

 

7

MIDTERM

 

8

Rural and Urban Development

 

9

Human Capital: Education and Health in Economic Development

 

10

Agricultural Transformation and Rural Development

 

11

Environment and Development  

 

12

Happiness and Development

 

13

Well-being and Development

 

14

Wealth, Progress, and Development

 

Recommended Sources

Textbook

1) Michael P. Todaro and Stephen C. Smith, Economic Development,  2) Jeffrey Sachs, Sustainable Development Age

Additional Resources

 

Material Sharing

Documents

A number of articles will be handed out throughout the term. 

Assignments

To be given throughout the term.

Exams

The performance of the students will be determined by two written exams (a term exam and a final) and an assignment.

Assessment

IN-TERM STUDIES

NUMBER

PERCENTAGE

Mid-terms

1

40

Quizzes (attendance, presentation, etc.)

-

-

Assignments

1

60

 

Total

100

Contribution of Final Examination to Overall Grade

 

50

Contribution of In-Term Studies to Overall Grade

 

50

 

Total

100

Course’s Contribution to Program

No

Program Learning Outcomes

Contribution

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

1

Students can keep themselves informed and analyze the current economic development in Turkey and in the world from an international political economy perspective paying a particular attention to the interaction of the Turkish economy with the global economy.

 

 

 

 

X

2

Being aware of the development and accumulation of economic thought, students can master qualitative and quantitative knowledge and methods to test various economic theories that can be applied to the analysis of the current economic problems.

 

 

 

 

X

3

Students can use statistical and econometric analyses by learning how to use information technologies that have validity and widespread use in the field of economics.

 

 

 

X

 

4

By learning how to learn in the field of economics, students can research and work individually or as a team using the Turkish and English academic resources.

 

 

 

 

X

5

Being aware of the ethical values, students know the individual, social and ecological dimensions of the concept of social responsibility and can prove that they understand the active citizenship duty that falls upon them within this framework.

 

 

 

 

X

6

Students can clearly express, present and share their knowledge, the outcomes of their studies, their ideas and comments to people in their field or other disciplines/units using the necessary data, in national and international academic and professional environments, in Turkish or English.

 

 

 

 

X

7

Students can show that understanding the universality of social rights and the concepts of social justice, which form the basis of the modern societies, and the importance of scientific perspective, which is necessary to the social development and global competitiveness.

 

 

 

 

X

ECTS

Activities

Quantity

Duration (Hour)

Total Workload (Hour)

Course Duration (Including the Exam Week: 15 x total course hours)

15

3

45

Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice)

15

3

45

Mid-terms

1

5

5

Quizzes (attendance, presentation, etc.)

0

0

0

Assignments

1

25

25

Final Examination

1

10

10

Total Work Load

 

 

100

Total Work Load / 25 (s)

 

 

4

ECTS Credit of the Course

 

 

4