Course syllabus REA - Development Economics in English (FRDIS - WS 2013/2014)

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Course code: REA
Course title in language of instruction: Development Economics in English
Course title in Czech: Development Economics in English
Course title in English: Development Economics in English
Mode of completion and number of credits: Exam (6 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes: full-time, 2/2 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction: English
Level of course: bachelor
Semester: WS 2013/2014
Name of lecturer: prof. Dr. Ing. Libor Grega (supervisor)
Dr. Francois Lategan (examiner, instructor, lecturer)
Prerequisites: not Development Economics
Aims of the course:
The aim of the course is understanding of concepts, strategies and policies of economic developmnent. After passing this course students should have knowledge about causes and contexts of economic problems and policies in connection to important development problems, like poverty, disparity, inequality, unemployment, population growth, environmental degradation and rural stagnation. They should also have awareness about present economic problems of development countries and ability to form independent and informed judgements and conclusions to political resolutions aimed on solution of development problems and to present and defend results of their research.
Course contents:
1.Overview of economics and development studies (allowance 2/2)
a.Basis for development thinking
b.Principle and measuring of economic development
c.Objectives of development

2.Theories of development (allowance 6/2)
a.Classical and neoclassical theories of development
b.Market versus planned economy and economic development
c.Theories of regional development

3.General and structural characteristics of developing countries (allowance 2/4)
a.General characteristics and diversity of developing economies
b.Indicators of development
c.Sustainable development

4.Populations, migration and employment (allowance 2/4)
a.demographic changes
b.population dynamics
c.reasons and implications of high mortality in developing countries
d.urbanization and migration
f.public health and industrial development

5.Industrial development and trade (allowance 4/2)
a.traditional theories of international trade and their criticism in context of developing countries strategy and economic development policies and developing countries

6.Industrial development and the environment (allowance 2/2)
a.the industrial revolution
b.economics and the environment
c.rural development and environment protection of the environment

7.Poverty, disparity and income distribution (allowance 2/2)
b.Disparity and social welfare
c.Economic description of poor groups of population
d.Political solution of poverty and disparity

8.Rural development and role of agriculture (allowance 4/4)
a.population and development in agriculture
b.modernization of agricultural production security and safety

9.International economic supports (allowance 2/4)
a.Economic production and balance of payment
b.Indebtedness of developing world
c.Macroeconomics stabilization
d.Direct foreign investment
e.Financial subsidies and their role

10.Future of developing countries (allowance 2/2)
a.role of government and economic policy in the development process and fiscal policy and development

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to speak and write in mother tongue
-ability to understand foreign cultures and customes
-ability to work independently
-work in team

Specific competences:
-Ability to analyse development problems and to suggest solutions
-Knowledge of concepts of development
-Knowledge of economic, environmental, social and political development problems

Type of course unit: required
Year of study: Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement: There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules: -
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load):
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture48 h
     seminar15 h
     consultation6 h
     preparation for exam15 h
     preparation for regular assessment42 h
     preparation for regular testing12 h
     elaboration and execution of projects10 h
     writing of seminar paper20 h
Total168 h
Assessment methods:
Assignment and its presentation: 25% of total evaluation
Presentation of current development problem: 10% of total evaluation
Written mid-term test: 25% of total evaluation
Final combined exam: 50% of total evaluation
Recommended reading:
TypeAuthorTitlePublished inPublisherYearISBN
RQSMITH , S. -- TODARO, M.Economic Development Addison-Wesley2009978-1-4058-7424-3
RENIXON, F. -- COLMAN, D.Economics of change in Less Developed CountriesOxfordPhilip Allan Publishers19860-86003-166-7
REMCKAY, J. -- KINGSBURY, D. -- REMENYI, J.Key issues in DevelopmentNew YorkPalgrave Macmillan20041-4039-0045-0
RECOLLIER, P.The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Falling and What Can Be Done About It.OxfordOxford University Press2007978-0-19-537338-7
RERIST, G.The History of Development – from Western Origins to Global Faith Academic Foundation200281-7188-548-9
RESACHS, J.The end of Poverty: How we can make it happen in our Lifetime Penguin Books2005978-0-14-101866-9
RECYPHER, J. -- DIETZ, J. The Process of Economic Development . London: Routlegde, 2009. 608 s. ISBN 978-0-4157-7104-7.
RESIMON, D. Fifty Key Thinkers on Development. Routledge. London: Routledge, 2006. 312 s. ISBN 0-415-33790-9.


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