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Table of contents

Course participants are required to have previously attended Principles of Economics Topics and cases vary from year to year based on current economic developments. The most recently held course covered the following topics:
European Integration
History of the EU;
The monetary union – concept and problems,
Trade of the EU with other countries, The principle of subsidisation ,
The EU budget ,
The Common Market,
Common foreign and security policy, Development policy,
Social, regional, agricultural and environmental policies of the EU;
Development policies
What is development and how to measure it
Population growth
Theories to explain the effects of population growth for economic development
Population growth in China: causes, effects and government policy
Population growth in India: causes, effects and government policy
Education and health
The importance of education for economic and social development,
The educational situation of men and women: causes and effects,
The importance of health for economic and social development,
The role of the agricultural sector in economic development,
The employment situation in developing countries

The market economy approach in Hong Kong,
The role of the state in China,
The social market economy in Germany,
Financial Resources
The role of financial resources in development ,
Interest rate policy in developing countries and its effects ,
The role of microcredits: The Grameen Bank in Bangladesh,
Foreign Trade
The role of foreign trade in economic development
The strategy of import substitution
The strategy of export orientation
Foreign Aid
The role of foreign aid in economic development
German development assistance: the role of the GTZ, KfW and NGOs,
The role of the World Bank,
The Debt crisis in developing countries
Causes of the debt crisis in developing countries,
The recent debt crisis in Argentina,
The role of the IMF in solving this problem,
Global warming, energy policy, Kyoto etc.

Teaching Method

Using the case method of instruction, students apply economic theory and empirical analysis to specific regions and organizations in developing and industrialized countries.
Group work (10%)
Presentations, discussion & feedback (50%)
Interactive lecture (40%)

Course Material

Literature for Development Studies:
Lynn, S., Economic development – Theory and practice for a divided world (2003)
Information about European Union: http://europa.eu.int
Three case studies from:
Issac, J. and Khader, A., Economic Integration, distributed by the European Case Clearing House, England and USA (2004)



Written case analysis (60%)
20 minute oral presentation of a case analysis and ensuing discussion (40%)


Any retake of the courses is generally only possible during the period of July 8 – July 31 following the winter term in which the RIBA courses have been taken the first time. Individual arrangements may only be fixed in direct contact between and mutual agreement of the failing students and the responsible lecturer. (Both the academic and institutional coordinators (Prof. Dr. Nagengast and Dr. von Randow) have to be informed.)

Information lecturer
Prof. Dr. Birgit Eitel

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