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Population Change and Economic Development

2019/2020
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
6
ECTS credits
Delivered at:
Department of Demography (Institute of Demography)
Course type:
Compulsory course
When:
1 year, 1-3 module

Instructors

Программа дисциплины

Аннотация

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.
Цель освоения дисциплины

Цель освоения дисциплины

  • 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.
Результаты освоения дисциплины

Результаты освоения дисциплины

  • The students can measure and compare the development
  • To know the basic principes of economic development, the triggers and traps for development. Understand the examples and formulate the development policy
  • To know the basic role of population in development, the role of international organizations and the principles of sustainable development goals
  • To understand the roots and the posibilities of solution for the global problems
Содержание учебной дисциплины

Содержание учебной дисциплины

  • Global problems and prospectives of development
    Global problems and the ways of solution in historical prospective and the curret situation with these problems
  • Introduction. Population growth and development.
    Population growth and demographic transitions. Sustainable development goals (the evolution of the concept). The role of international organizations
  • Economic development
    Social capital and development Great Divergence / Industrial Revolution Geography and economic development Human capital and economic development Concept of institutions Institutions and economic development Diversity and Development Resources and Development
  • Indicators of development
    The system of development indicators. The role of Human development index, advantages and disadvantages. The problems of inequality
Элементы контроля

Элементы контроля

  • Hometask (неблокирующий)
  • Seminar activity (неблокирующий)
  • Group project (неблокирующий)
  • Essay (неблокирующий)
  • written exam (неблокирующий)
Промежуточная аттестация

Промежуточная аттестация

  • Промежуточная аттестация (3 модуль)
    0.2 * Hometask + 0.15 * Seminar activity + 0.15 * Group project + 0.2 * Essay + 0.3 * written exam
Список литературы

Список литературы

Рекомендуемая основная литература

  • Handbook of theory and practice of sustainable development in higher education, Filho, W. L., Azeiteiro, U. M., Alves, F., Molthan-Hill, P., ISBN: 9783319478760, 2017
  • Advancing human development : theory and practice, Stewart, F., Ranis, G., Samman, E., ISBN: 9780198794455, 2018
  • Economic development, Todaro M. P., Smith S. C., ISBN: 978-1-292-00297-2, 2015
  • Essentials of human development : a life-span view, Kail R. V., Cavanaugh J. C., ISBN: 978-1-285-08968-3, 2014
  • Explaining long-term trends in health and longevity, Fogel R. W., ISBN: 978-1-10-766581-1, 2012
  • Global problems, smart solutions : costs and benefits, Lomborg B., ISBN: 978-1-10-761221-1, 2013
  • Economic development : what everyone needs to know, Giugale M. M., ISBN: , 2014
  • How much have global problems cost the world? : a scorecard from 1900 to 2050, Lomborg B., ISBN: 978-1-10-767933-7, 2013
  • The changing body : health, nutrition, and human development in the Western World since 1700, Floud R., Fogel R. W., Harris B., Hong S. C., ISBN: 978-0-521-70561-5, 2012
  • The creative wealth of nations : can the arts advance development?, Kabanda, A., Sen, A., ISBN: 9781108437684, 2018
  • The institutions curse : natural resources, politics, and development, Menaldo, V., ISBN: 9781107138605, 2016
  • The politics of technological progress : parties, time horizons, and long-term economic development, Simmons, J. W., ISBN: 9781107145771, 2016