­­­­Course Outline: ECON 211 - 70 Economic Development

Georgetown University Qatar

Fall 2022


Instructor: Dennis C. McCornac, Ph.D.                                  Office: #0D27    


Email: dm1231@georgetown.edu


Office Hours: Sunday, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm and Tuesday, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Also available by appointment and in Zoom conferencing. Please email me if you would like to meet in Zoom.


Required Text: Michael Todaro and Stephen Smith, Economic Development, Pearson, 2020, Thirteenth Edition.


Course Outline: All information including required readings, optional readings, assignment descriptions etc. for the course are available on the course outline.




Course Description: Examines the theory and practice of the economic development of nations. The first segment focuses on the meaning of development. The second segment considers the internal and external forces that encourage or discourage economic development. The course closes with a consideration of special topics such as the link between development, environment, education, and finance.


Goals of the Course


·       To expose students to the diversity of economic realities around the world

·       To provide students with the tools to use economic theory to evaluate the effects of specific economic policies

·       To analyze how the effects of particular policies may differ substantially across countries, and across groups within a country

·       To examine the role that the perspective of those who frame development policy may have on the success of these initiatives

·       To give students the opportunity to critically evaluate the development policies that have been implemented in various countries


Students are expected to prepare for class by completing all reading before each class meeting. Thoughtful and constructive class participation is expected, as it will both help you to better understand the material and enhance the learning process for all.  In addition, students will be expected to read a newspaper or news websites on a daily basis to keep abreast of events that affect the developing world.


Course Requirements: Exams, Quizzes, Presentations and Papers:


The course requirements are listed below:


1.    Three short written assignments. Details and due date are available on the course outline. Each assignment is worth 10 points.

2.    There will be one midterm worth 20 points on the date specified on the course outline.

3.    Country Report – This report is worth 25 points and the description is available in the link to Country Report.  Due Date is specified on course outline. Further details will be provided in class.

4.    Class Participation is worth 5 points.

5.    The final exam is worth 20 points and will be cumulative.



Grading Scale:


Due dates of method of evaluation will be posted on the course outline website. Make-up for missed work will only be allowed for serious medical or personal problems and documentation is required. Assignments will marked down 20 percent for each day late.

Method of Evaluation


Assignments (3) 10 points each


Exam 1


Country Report


Class Participation


Final Exam





Class Policies:


1. Written Assignments: Written assignment should be uploaded on Canvas by the end of the day of the due date. The assignments must be word-processed and 1.5 or double-spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font. Please upload in a Microsoft Word file. You must cite outside work when appropriate. You may use any citation style as long as you use it correctly and consistently.


2. Late Work: Late work will be penalized 20 percent for each day late.


3. Absences: You are expected to attend all class meetings. Unexcused absences will strongly negatively impact your participation grade.


4. Electronics: Cellphone use is prohibited during class. Laptop use during class is permissible for viewing course readings only. Surfing the internet, chatting, or working on other projects is prohibited. I reserve the right to alter this policy and ban laptop use entirely if conditions make it necessary.


5. You are expected to NOT leave and come back to class during the class period unless it is an emergency.



Honor Code: Honor System: Every student has the responsibility to abide by the GUQ Honor System. Review it at https://www.qatar.georgetown.edu/academics/academic-affairs/honor-system/honor-system-policies-procedures/. Suspected infractions of the Honor System will be referred to the Honor Council. If a student is found in violation, we reserve the right to award a failing grade on the assignment or the course, in addition to any sanction that the Honor Council and the Dean may apply.


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