Economics 311

ECON 311: Economic Development

Prerequisites: ECON 205 and ECON 206

Credit hours (3)

Study of issues, theories and policy alternatives in economic growth and development of less developed countries, including poverty and income distribution, demographic factors, growth models, resource limitations, and development policies and institutions.

Detailed Description of Course

In this course students will study the economic transformation of developing countries. Students will learn the structure and characteristics commonly associated with developing economies, and the constraints they face to achieve rapid growth and development. Students will acquire basic skills and terminology needed to measure and describe important dimensions and processes of economic development.

Topic Outline

1.         Toward a Definition of Growth and Development

2.         Who Are the Poor and Where Do They Live?

3.         Profile of a Developing Country

4.         A Detailed Description of Development Issurd

5.         Growth and Development Theories

6.         Development Policies, Programs, and Institutions


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The following teaching strategies may be employed:

Lectures, videos, discussions, in-class and/or at-home activities and assignments.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

1.         Discuss the "economic growth and development" process. (SLO 5)

2.         Describe central issues affecting poor countries in the economic development process. (SLO 5, SLO 6)

3.         Evaluate the efficiency and ability of public policy to stimulate economic development. (SLO 5, SLO 6, SLO 7)


Assessment Measures

The following assessment measures may be employed: Tests, quizzes, homework, reports, presentations, or class participation.  Grades and percentages depend on individual professors.

Other Course Information

Review and Approval

November 2018
September 2, 2014
December 2013 C. Vehorn
April 16, 2012
April 13, 2009
December 2004 N. Hashemzadeh