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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ECS6015

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2009-06-01
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1557 2008-10-23
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Economics AS TPA 10000 140300 000000 0000000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Michael Loewy 46532

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    ECS 6015 Economic Development

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Economic Development
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    ECO 3101; ECP 6702


    ECO 6115

    Course Description

    The course studies human economic development focussing on explaining cross-country and intertemporal differences in living standards in the world. The course focuses on the microeconomic aspect of economic development.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    In an increasingly globalized world where American lives are directed by lives in far away countries, it is important for students to understand why we live so differently from people in low income countries, how inter-dependent our lives are, and how tho

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    Political Science, International Studies, Public Administration, Anthropology, Philosophy.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, I have taught the course 3 times in the past.

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Ph D in economics with a research specialization in Economic Development

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The objective of this course is to help students use modern economic theory and empirical methods to analyze the problems of underdevelopment. Students will learn and apply modern economic theories such as efficient decision in the absence of markets, asymmetric information, and institution building. Students learn to test these theories empirically using data from developing countries.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the major models of microeconomics of development (household model, production and consumption, land and labor markets, contracts, credit, risk, and insurance), and be able to empirically test these models with appropriate empirical methods and data from developing countries.

    C. Major Topics

    What is Developemt Economics, Agricultural Household Model (decision making under incomplete markets), Labor Markets and Migration, Rural land markets, credit, risk and insurance, and institutions and development.

    D. Textbooks

    P. Bardhan and C. Udry: Development Microeconomics, Oxford university Press

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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