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Program Type: 
Non Thesis
Course Code: 
ECON 563
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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.

Teaching Methods: 
1: Lecture, 2: Question-Answer, 3: Discussion, 12: Case Study
Assessment Methods: 
A: Testing, C: Homework, Q: Quiz

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Course Learning Outcomes

1. To analyze the developments in the world and Turkish economy and evaluate the economic development processes of the developed countries.
2. To learn the policies and applications necessary for sustainable development and growth and suggest the necessary applications.
3. To acquire the ability of interpreting, analyzing and presenting the results of the research related to development economics, and answering the addressed questions.
4. 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.
5. To be able to analyze and compare the countries, to examine the case studies, and plan the steps for further growth.
6. 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.

Course Flow

Week Topics Study Materials
1 Introduction to Economic Development  
2 Economic Development: A Global Perspective  
3 Comparative Economic Development  
4 Classical Theories of Economic Growth and Development  
5 Contemporary Models of Development and Underdevelopment  
6 Poverty, Inequality, and Development  
7 Population, Growth and Economic Development  
8 Midterm  
9 Urbanization and Rural-Urban Migration:
Theory and Policy
10 Human Capital: Education and Health in Economic Development  
11 Agricultural Transformation and Rural Development  
12 Environment and Development  
13 Happiness and Development  
14 Well-Being and Development  

Recommended Sources

Textbook To be announced at the beginning of the term.
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.


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 Formulate and develop a critical and comprehensive understanding of global and national economic problems, and construct and design practical solutions;         x
2 Extract information and concepts from various disciplines in social sciences and integrate them under the rubric of economics;         x
3 Construct testable hypotheses to find original, practical solutions to various social ills and problems;         x
4 Develop an analytical understanding of economic problems, and the ability to evaluate the inherent logic, assumptions and conclusions of alternative approaches;         x
5 Develop the necessary technical skills to evaluate alternative approaches in economics;       x  
6 Formulate research projects, plan and conduct research in social sciences in general and in economics in particular;         x
7 Present the results of their research in national and international conferences and in scientific and professional venues;       x  
8 Apply the scientific / academic modes of thought and analysis to their professional lives and form a bridge between the analytical and abstract modes of thinking of academia and the practical and dynamic skills of business life;         x
9 Apply the scientific / academic modes of thought and analysis to their professional lives and form a bridge between the analytical and abstract modes of thinking of academia and the practical and dynamic skills of business life;         x


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 10 150
Mid-terms 1 10 10
Quizzes (attendance, presentation, etc.) 0 0 0
Assignments 1 25 25
Final Examination 1 15 15
Total Work Load     245
Total Work Load / 25 (s)     9.8
ECTS Credit of the Course     10