2019 Introduction to Development Economics

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Abe Naoya  Hanaoka Shinya 
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Tue1-2(S514)  Fri1-2(S514)  
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Course description and aims

To equip students to understand the basics of development economics through consideration of today's critical issues. Some emphases will be paid to Asian countries' context and inter-dependency among society, economics and environment will be discussed.

Student learning outcomes

By completing this course, the students at Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering department will be able to:
1) Understand the various on-going economic dynamics and issues in the framework of development economics, especially in the Asian context.
2) Discuss about the essence of the various economic and development issues with those people in other discipline.


Development Economics, microeconomics, Globalized society,

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

lectures will be the main components of the course but discussions among students will be highly encouraged. There will be some assigned reports.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction and basics of microeconomics (1): consumer theory TBA
Class 2 basics of microeconomicIntroduction and basics of microeconomics (1): consumer theorys (2) TBA
Class 3 Basics of microeconomics (3): producer theory TBA
Class 4 Basics of microeconomics (4): makert mechnizem and its failure TBA
Class 5 Comparative Economic Development TBA
Class 6 Measurement of Economic Wealth and its limtation (GDP. GNI, HDI) TBA
Class 7 Classic Theoris of Economic Growht and Development TBA
Class 8 Poverty, Inequality and Development TBA
Class 9 Population Growth and Economic Development TBA
Class 10 Environment and Development TBA
Class 11 Urbanization and Rural-Urban Migration TBA
Class 12 Human Capital : Education and Health in Economic Development TBA
Class 13 Prices and exchange rates TBA
Class 14 International Trade Theory TBA
Class 15 Summary of this course: reflection on the past sessions TBA


Todaro & Smith (2011) Development Economics, Addison Wesley

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Hayami (2000), Development Economics, Sobunsha

Assessment criteria and methods

Weekly Report (15%)
Final Report (50%)
Contribution to the class (30%)

Related courses

  • TSE.C301 : Introduction to International Development

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)


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