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Master 2023/2024

Research Seminar "Population and Development"

Type: Compulsory course (Population and Development)
Area of studies: Public Administration
Delivered by: Department of Demography
When: 1 year, 1-4 module
Mode of studies: offline
Open to: students of one campus
Master’s programme: Population and Development
Language: English
ECTS credits: 12
Contact hours: 124

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course introduces the students with the basic concepts of economic and human development, problems of inequality and basic demographic challenges. It combines some theoretical models with broad empirical evidence. Within the discipline students can realize the interconnections between social and economic development and demographic behavior The discipline is an obligatory three modules course for first-year students of the Master Program with specialization at ‘Population and Development’ at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The discipline is taught in English. The prerequisites are the basics knowledge of geography, economics, history, social sciences and statistics.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The aim of the course is to explain students the demographic and social economic aspects of the human development. Within this course the connections between demographic, social economic and political processes are observed as well as their influence on social and human development and possible causal mechanisms. In the first part, we will take a look at the contemporary differences in various development outcomes across nations. Once we realize that these differences were (and indeed had to be) in the making since at least a couple of centuries, and possibly way more, it becomes imperative to turn our attention to possible answers to the two fundamental questions: (1) Why are contemporary societies so much richer than their distant ancestors? (2) Why are some nations so much wealthier than others today? In the second part of the course, we will briefly discuss the history of global economic growth and the history of divergence between rich and poor nations, with particular emphasis on the Industrial Revolution and various hypotheses on its causes. Next, we will consider individual factors of economic development, like geography, human capital and institutions, and analyze how they contribute to economic development and to the observed between-country economic inequality, using both historical and contemporary material. Finally, we will examine topics especially salient for the developing countries, like coping with advantages and challenges of ethnolinguistic and religious diversity; the resource curse issues; the debate on long-run benefits of international development aid.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Additional useful for the academic paper writing skills
  • The student can find the most suitable methods of research, data sources, develops hypotheses and the ways to test it
  • The student can organize the predefence of the paper as a public presentation
  • The student is able to summarizes and groups knowledge from the research literature
  • The student is able to write texts of different genres
  • The student know the basic elements and stages of academic research
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction of acedemic research
  • Research proposal
  • Literature review
  • Academic paper writting skills ractical guide
  • Predefences
  • Academic writting
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Literature review
  • non-blocking Methodology for studying migration
  • non-blocking Methodology of the study of fertility
  • non-blocking Methodology of studying innovations
  • non-blocking Practical aspects of the application of R
  • non-blocking Sociological methods of analysis
  • non-blocking Semi-structured interview and other qualitative methods
  • non-blocking Discussion of the Proposal
  • non-blocking Introduction to Anthropology
  • non-blocking The Economics of Happiness
  • non-blocking International trade
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2023/2024 4th module
    0.3 * Literature review + 0.1 * Sociological methods of analysis + 0.1 * Methodology of the study of fertility + 0.1 * Methodology for studying migration + 0.1 * Methodology of studying innovations + 0.1 * Semi-structured interview and other qualitative methods + 0.1 * Practical aspects of the application of R + 0.1 * Discussion of the Proposal
  • 2024/2025 4th module
    0.3 * International trade + 0.3 * Introduction to Anthropology + 0.4 * The Economics of Happiness
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • 6, P., & Bellamy, C. (2012). Principles of Methodology : Research Design in Social Science. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications Ltd. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=595703
  • Bischoping, K. (2005). Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches/The Practice of Social Research. Teaching Sociology, 33(1), 95–97. https://doi.org/10.1177/0092055X0503300110
  • Contemporary academic writing. A comprehensive course for students in higher education : Course book, Sowton, C., 2016
  • Presentation skills for students, Emden van, J., 2004
  • Research methods : the basics, Walliman, N., 2018
  • Research proposals : a practical guide, Denscombe, M., 2012
  • Silvis, C. A. (2015). Presentation Skills : One Hour Workshop. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning PTR. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=910374
  • Strengths and Limitations of Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods. (2017). https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.887088
  • Telling a research story : writing a literature review, Feak, C. B., 2009

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Developing a winning grant proposal, Orlich, D. C., 2013
  • Haber, R. J., & Lingard, L. A. (2001). Learning Oral Presentation Skills: A Rhetorical Analysis with Pedagogical and Professional Implications. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.E3B18106
  • Heck, R. H. (2004). Studying Educational and Social Policy : Theoretical Concepts and Research Methods. Mahwah, N.J.: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=113815
  • Ligia MUNTEAN JEMNA. (2016). Qualitative And Mixed Research Methods In Economics: The Added Value When Using Qualitative Research Methods. Journal of Public Administration, Finance and Law, (9), 154. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.aic.jopafl.y2016v9p154.167
  • Sandoval, I. S. (2016). Understanding Political Science Research Methods: The Challenge of Inference. Political Studies Review, 14(3), 451. https://doi.org/10.1177/1478929916655062
  • Successful presentation skills, Bradbury, A., 2006
  • The literature review : a step-by-step guide for students, Ridley, D., 2012
  • Theobald, T. (2019). Develop Your Presentation Skills : How to Inspire and Inform with Clarity and Confidence (Vol. Fourth edition). London: Kogan Page. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2175100