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Economics 311

ECON 311: Economic Development

Prerequisite: ECON 105 and ECON 106

Credit Hours: (3)

Semester offered: Fall or Spring

Study of issues, theories and policy alternatives in economic growth and development of less developed countries, poverty and income distribution, demographic factors, major theories of growth, resource limitations, development policies and agencies. General Education credit – Social and Behavioral Sciences.


Detailed Description of Content of the Course

Topic Outline

1. Toward a Definition of Growth and Development
2. Who Are the Poor and Where Do They Live?
3. Profile of an LDC
4. A Detailed Description of Development Issues
5. Development Theories
6. Factors of Growth
7. Development Policies, Programs, and Agencies
8. Epilogue


Detailed Description of Conduct of the Course

The following teaching strategies will be employed:

Students are taught from a text and are expected to keep up with assigned readings which are usually scientific articles from recent issues of development oriented journals. When available, students are allowed to form some first hand impressions by viewing documentary videos regarding the development process in a LDC country.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

This course has three objectives. These are:

1. To provide the student with a basic understanding of the "economic development" process.
2. To familiarize student with some central issues affecting the development of third world countries.
3. To enable student to evaluate the efficiency and ability of public policy to stimulate development in LDC's.


Assessment Measures

Students are evaluated on the basis of performance on class examinations and term paper. Commitment to the class in terms of attendance and participation will be noted. The following weights attend to examinations and term paper.

  • Term Paper = 100 Points
  • 2 Examinations at 100 points each = 200 Points
  • Grade assignments on the basis of total = 300 Points


Other Course Information

A concise and well researched term paper is part of the course requirement. The typed paper, about 6-8 pages in length is to be submitted on the last day of class.

The term paper should have an abstract and other sections providing background information, problem identification, methodology, and data sources utilized, results, discussion, solution, and conclusion. The term paper is evaluated on style of presentation, analytical rigor, soundness of methodology, validity of conclusion, clarity, and language.

The term paper is expected to focus on some problem of the third world and relate to the economic development process of a particular country of region. A rough draft should be provided to the instructor approximately one month before the end of the semester. Students are encouraged to avail themselves of the instructor's guidance in preparing the paper.


Review and Approval

Date Action Reviewed by
December 2004 Made alterations to syllabus N. Hashemzadeh, Chair
Revised   4/13/09 Charles Vehorn
April 16, 2012 Revised