Course syllabus EKPR - Economic Processes in Developing Countries (FRDIS - WS 2020/2021)Help

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Course code:
Course title in Czech:
Economic Processes in Developing Countries
Course title in English:
Economic Processes in Developing Countries
WS 2020/2021
Mode of completion and number of credits:
Exam (5 credits)
Mode of delivery and timetabled classes: full-time, 2/2 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Level of course:
master continuing
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Course supervisor:
Course supervising department:
Faculty of Regional Development and International Studies
prof. Dr. Ing. Libor Grega (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor, tutor)
Timetable in this semester:
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Aim of the course and learning outcomes:
The aim of the course is to make students acquinted not only with traditional development theories but also with contemporary models of development, with structural transformation in development world, the role of government in the process of development, with the system of finance in developing countries, changing role of agribusiness in the economy of developing countries, the importance of international trade for development world and with the challanges connected with the use of development potential of involvement of development countries into global value chains.
Course content:
1.Developed theories nad principles of economic development and practical application (allowance 4/0)
Classical and neoclassical theory of economic development
b.Contempory models of development
Heterodox theories of economic development

The role of state and market in structural transformation of development countries economics (allowance 2/0)
a.Government in the process of development
b.Endogenous growth theories and new strategies for development

Initiating the industrialization process and strategies of industrial transformation (allowance 2/0)
Structural changes and economic growth
Initiating the industrial transformation process
Strategy switching and industrial transformation

Transformation of agriculture in developing countries (allowance 2/0)
The imperative of agricultural progress and rural development
b.Agricultural growth and main challanges of agricultural development
The structure of agrarian systems in the developing world
d.The transition from traditional subsistence to commercial farming
e.Transnational agribusiness
f.Government in agricultural development

International trade theory and development strategy (allowance 2/0)
a.Key issues of international trade
The traditional theory of international trade
c.The critique of traditional free trade theory in the context of the experience of development coutries
Traditional trade strategies and policy mechanisms for development

6.Finance systems in developing countries (allowance 2/0)
Internaitional finance and investments
b.The balance of payments
Accumulation of debt and development
International Monetary Fund, World Bank and direct foreign aid
e.The global financial crisis and the developing countries

Global value chains and developing world (allowance 2/7)
Global value chains and economic development
Challanges for participation of developing countries in global value chains

The role of South and Southeast Asia in the world economy. Present issues of the economic development of South and Southeast Asia. (allowance 4/7)
The role of Africa in the world economy. Present issues of the economic development of Africa. (allowance 4/7)
10.The role of Latin America in the world economy. Present issues of the economic development of Latin America. (allowance 4/7)
Learning activities and teaching methods:
Type of teaching method
Daily attendance
lecture28 h
28 h
consultation6 h
public presentation (oral)
1 h
preparation for exam
60 h
preparation for regular assessment10 h
preparation of presentation
7 h
140 h
Assessment methods:
The course is completed by written examination where the students prove systematic knowledge of microeconomic issues in the scope of the syllabus of the course. Written test contents 3 open questions. Percentage score of at least 60% is required for a minimal pass performance for the course. If the percentage score of the written test is between 50 and 59,9 percent, students are allowed to undertake oral part of the exam.
First eligibility condition for participation at written examination is course credit. Students receive course credit based on a successful credit test (at least percentage score 50%) and at least 80% attendance at seminars.
At least 80% attendance at lectures is required as the second eligibility condition for participation at written examination.
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Recomended reading and other learning resources:
DIETZ, J L. -- CYPHER, J M. The Process of Economic Development. 3. vydání. Abingdon, England: Routledge, 2009. 613 p. ISBN 978-0-415-77104-7.
SMITH, S C. -- TODARO, M P. Economic Development. 11th edition. Harlow, Essex. England: Pearson Education Limited, 2011. 801 p. ISBN 978-1-4082-8447-6.

GOMBALA, I. -- ADAMCOVÁ, L. Regionální ekonomická integrace v Asii, Africe a Latinské Americe. Praha: VŠE, 2001. ISBN 80-245-0152-X.
RAMESH, M. -- ASHER, M G. Welfare capitalism in Southeast Asia: social security, health, and education policies. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2000. 217 p. ISBN 978-03-1223-016-6.
BOKA, L. ( 2011) “Subsaharan Africa in the World Economy: Past, Present and Future” StrategiCo. France
HOSONO, A.,STALLINGS,Regional integration and economic development,Houndmills,Palgrave,2001,0-333-77484-1
RICH, P. G. Latin America : its future in the global economy, Palgrave, 2002
SACHS, J. and BLOOM “Geography, Demography and Economic Growth in Africa”.

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