This course is an introduction to economic development for undergraduate students. After introducing basic approaches to economic development, we consider dilemmas such as the alleviation of poverty, the provision of healthcare, education, and other services, the promotion of entrepreneurship, the importance of human rights and democracy, the role of knowledge in advancing economic and social well-being, and the effectiveness of the state in the changing world. We analyze experiences of different countries in Latin America, Africa, East Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.
Classes will be discussion based, and students are expected to come to class having read the assigned readings in detail and prepared to provide their thoughts to the rest of the class. In addition to the assigned readings, students should regularly read the international section of a major daily newspaper such as The New York Times, Washington Post, or Wall Street Journal to keep abreast of and discuss current affairs. Particular articles may be assigned in class and are to be considered required reading.
Each class will begin with a short, ungraded quiz, in which students will be asked to define one or more of the key concepts from the assigned reading. In the last section of the course students will instead be given map quizzes.
As a final project, students will write an 8-10 page paper and prepare a presentation to be made to the rest of the class. Further guidelines for the project and paper will be distributed in class.
Shaver, Robert Ph.D., "Undergraduate Topics in Economic Development" (2019). Diplomacy Syllabi. 644.