The Discipline offers the following programs: 

Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) in Economics (duration 04 years)
Master of Social Science in Economics  (duration 1.5 years)
Master of Development Policy and Studies (MDPS) (duration 16 months)

 


 

CUrriculum for BSS (Hons) in Economics Program

 

  1. Program Name:

Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) in Economics

 

  1. Vision:

The vision of the program is to face the challenges and utilize the advantages of economic globalization through building up a knowledge-based economy aimed at achieving academic excellence.


  1. Mission:

The mission of this program is to produce competent graduates equipped with both theoretical and research based knowledge on new and cutting-edge insights in the field of agriculture, industry, environment, money and banking, international trade and other economic issues to face the challenges and utilize the advantages of globalization for achieving sustainable development with special focus on the south-west region of Bangladesh.

 

  1. Program Objectives:

The program is intended to produce high quality graduates who are intellectually and technically competent in building careers in various fields of economics.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Provide basic understanding of economic theory and analytical tools that can be used in economic decision making process.
  • Facilitate learners’ linking economic theories and practice with a view to solving real life problems and contributing to socio-economic and community development.
  • Promote understanding of national and international economic problems and framing policy in the field of agriculture, industry, environment and other economic sectors.
  • Nurture a stimulating academic environment through exchange and research collaboration with renowned scholars and professionals.
  • Cultivate principles of ethics and social responsibility in the mind set of students.
  • Place special focus on diagnosing the economy of the south-west region of Bangladesh.
  • Comply with employability needs to meet demands for high-quality graduates.

 

  1. Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the program the students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate economic concepts, theories, models, and data analysis techniques to appraise Bangladesh economy with special focus on the south-west region of Bangladesh.
  • Analyze the root causes and probable solutions to existing problems in the economy of Bangladesh, through applying theoretical and analytical framework of economics.
  • Evaluate alternative solutions to an economic problem through using appropriate analytical framework and select the optimum one.
  • Appraise current economic events from both local and global perspective.
  • Identify the behavior of different economic agents and chalk out optimum practice for community and societal development.
  • Make students engaged in independent learning through involvement in different research and project works.
  • Help developing partnership with different stakeholders to address regional development issues.
  • Internalize the normative aspects and ethical values of economic decision making and actively apply those at personal and community level.
  • Exercise the qualities of scholarly attainment, sense of responsibility and accountability in the familial, professional, and social environment.
  • Develop skills to handle independent research and deliver effective presentations.
  • Expand the frontier of acquired knowledge through further independent learning, and, thus, add to existing knowledge bank.


  1. Course structure:

Program duration                                                        : 4 Years

Number of terms                                                         : 08

Term duration                                                             : 21 Weeks

Total number of credit available                                 : 187.5

Minimum credit to be earned                                      : 136

Minimum credit to be earned from core courses        : 111

Minimum credit to be earned from optional courses  : 25

 

Summary of Credit Distribution:

6.1.1: Credit Distribution by Subject Area of Courses

 

Area of Study

Theory Sessional/

Field Work

Total

 

 

Total

Core Optional Core Optional Core Optional
Arts and Humanities 3 3 3
Sociology 3 3 3
Political Science 3 3 3
Business Administration 9 9 9
Information Technology 3 1.5 4.5 4.5
Computer Science 3 3 3
Principles of Economics 12 12 12
Mathematics/Statistics 12 3 8 2 20 5 25
Econometrics 6 4 10 10
Bangladesh Economy 6 1.5 7.5 7.5
Economics  of different Sectors (agriculture, industry, institutional, region) 6 6 1.5 7.5 6 13.5
Demography 3 3 3
Development Issues and Planning 9 9 1.5 10.5 9 19.5
Poverty 3 3 3
Project Management 3 3 3
Environment, Climate Change and Disaster Management 3 6 3 6 9
Money, Trade, Finance, Globalization and International Cooperation 15 3 3 18 3 21
Research 3 7.5 10.5 10.5
Others 6 18 1 7 18 25
Total 84 69 27 7.5 111 76.5 187.5

 

6.1.2:  Credit Distribution by Status of Courses

Year Term Core

Courses

Optional

Courses

Total Credit Theory

Courses

Sessional

Courses

First First 18.5 0.0 18.5 15.0 3.5
Second 15.5 6.0 21.5 18.0 3.5
Second First 15.5 9.0 24.5 21.0 3.5
Second 17.0 6.0 23.0 18.0 5.0
Third First 10.5 14.0 24.5 21.0 3.5
Second 12.0 9.0 21.0 18.0 3.0
Fourth First 8.0 17.0 25.0 21.0 4.0
Second 14.0 15.5 29.5 21.0 8.5
Total Eight 111.0 76.5 187.5 153.0 34.5


 

6.1.3: Course Distribution by Status of Courses (No. of Courses)

Year Term Core Courses Optional Courses Total Courses Theory Courses Sessional Courses
First First 7 0 7 5 2
Second 6 2 8 6 2
Second First 6 3 9 7 2
Second 7 2 9 6 3
Third First 4 5 9 7 2
Second 5 3 8 6 2
Fourth First 3 6 9 7 2
Second 5 6 11 7 4
Total Eight 43 27 70 51 19


 

6.1.4: Credit Distribution by Nature of the Courses

Year Term Departmental Non-departmental
Number Credit Number Credit
First First 2 6.0 5 12.5
Second 4 10.5 4 11.0
Second First 6 16.5 3 8.0
Second 5 13.5 4 9.5
Third First 7 19.5 2 5.0
Second 8 21.0 0 0.0
Fourth First 9 25.0 0 0.0
Second 9 25.0 2 4.5
Total Eight 50 137.0 20 50.5

 

6.2: Course Outline: Term-wise course outline for the entire program is given below.

 

Year: First; Term: First

Course No. Course Title Status Contact Hour Credit
Theory Sessional
Econ 1101 Microeconomics I Core 3 0 3.0
Econ 1103 Bangladesh Economy I Core 3 0 3.0
Math 1151 Mathematics for Economists I Core 3 0 3.0
Math 1152 Sessional on Mathematics for Economists I Core 0 4 2.0
Eng 1153 Communicative English Core 3 0 3.0
CSE 1154 Computer Application Lab. Core 0 3 1.5
Soc 1155 Government and Politics Core 3 0 3.0
Total Theory courses 5,   Sessional courses 2

Core courses 7,   Optional courses 0

  15 7 18.5

Year: First; Term: Second

Course No. Course Title Status Contact Hour Credit
Theory Sessional
Econ 1201 Macroeconomics I Core 3 0 3.0
Econ 1203 Bangladesh Economy II Core 3 0 3.0
Econ 1204 Bangladesh Economy − Fieldwork and Studio Core 0 3 1.5
Econ 1205 Economic Geography Optional 3 0 3.0
Stat 1251 Statistics for Economists I Core 3 0 3.0
Stat 1252 Sessional on Statistics for Economists I Core 0 4 2.0
BA 1253 Principles of Accounting Optional 3 0 3.0
Soc 1255 Principles of Sociology Core 3 0 3.0
Total Theory courses 6,   Sessional courses 2

Core courses 6,       Optional courses 2

  18 7 21.5

Year: Second; Term: First

Course No. Course Title Status Contact Hour Credit
Theory Sessional
Econ 2101 Development Economics I Core 3 0 3.0
Econ 2103 Urban Economics Optional 3 0 3.0
Econ 2105 Agricultural Economics Core 3 0 3.0
Econ 2106 Economic Activities Study − Fieldwork and Studio Core 0 3 1.5
Econ 2107 Money and Banking Core 3 0 3.0
Econ 2109 Poverty, Inequality and Gender Issues Optional 3 0 3.0
Math 2151 Mathematics for Economists II Core 3 0 3.0
Math 2152 Sessional on Mathematics for Economists II Core 0 4 2.0
BA 2153 Management Optional 3 0 3.0
Total Theory courses 7,   Sessional courses 2

Core courses 6,       Optional courses 3

  21 7 24.5

Year: Second; Term: Second

Course No. Course Title Status Contact Hour Credit
Theory Sessional
Econ 2201 Development Economics II Core 3 0 3.0
Econ 2203 Rural Development Core 3 0 3.0
Econ 2204 Rural Development Issues − Fieldwork and Studio Core 0 3 1.5
Econ 2205 Resource Economics Core 3 0 3.0
Econ 2207 Patterns of Economic Development Optional 3 0 3.0
Stat 2251 Statistics for Economists II Core 3 0 3.0
Stat 2252 Sessional on Statistics for Economists II Core 0 4 2.0
BA 2253 Business Communication Optional 3 0 3.0
CSE 2254 Data Analysis and Statistical Software Lab. Core 0 3 1.5
Total Theory courses 6,   Sessional courses 3

Core courses 7,       Optional courses 2

  18 10 23.0

Year: Third; Term: First

Course No. Course Title Status Contact Hour Credit
Theory Sessional
Econ 3101 Microeconomics II Core 3 0 3.0
Econ 3103 Economic Planning Optional 3 0 3.0
Econ 3105 Environmental Economics Core 3 0 3.0
Econ 3107 Public Finance Core 3 0 3.0
Econ 3108 Fiscal Management – Field Work and Studio Core 0 3 1.5
Econ 3109 Population Studies Optional 3 0 3.0
Econ 3111 Economics of South-western Bangladesh Optional 3 0 3.0
Math 3151 Advanced Mathematics for Economists Optional 3 0 3.0
Math 3152 Sessional on Advanced Mathematics for Economists Optional 0 3 2.0
Total Theory courses 7, Sessional courses 2

Core courses 4, Optional courses 5

  21 7 24.5

Year: Third; Term: Second

Course No. Course Title Status Contact Hour Credit
Theory Sessional
Econ 3201 Macroeconomics II Core 3 0 3.0
Econ 3203 History of Economic Thought Optional 3 0 3.0
Econ 3205 Research Methodology Core 3 0 3.0
Econ 3206 Research Methodology − Field Work and Studio Core 0 3 1.5
Econ 3207 International Economics Core 3 0 3.0
Econ 3208 Current Economic Affairs − Field Work and Studio Core 0 3 1.5
 Econ  3209 Financial Economics Optional 3 0 3.0
  Econ 3211 Entrepreneurship Development Optional 3 0 3.0
Total Theory courses 6, Sessional courses 2

Core courses 5,    Optional courses 3

  18 6 21.0

Year: Fourth; Term: First

Course No. Course Title Status Contact Hour Credit
Theory Sessional
Econ 4101 Applied Economics Core 3 0 3.0
Econ 4102 Thesis Proposal Core 0 4 2.0
Econ 4103 Econometrics I Optional 3 0 3.0
Econ 4104 Sessional on Econometrics I Optional 0 4 2.0
Econ 4105 Regional Economic Development Optional 3 0 3.0
Econ 4107 Economics of Climate Change Optional 3 0 3.0
Econ 4109 Islamic Economics Optional 3 0 3.0
Econ 4111 Industrial Economics Core 3 0 3.0
Econ 4113 Institutional Economics Optional 3 0 3.0
Total Theory courses 7,   Sessional courses 2

Core courses 3,      Optional courses 6

  21 8 25.0

Year: Fourth; Term: Second

Course No. Course Title Status Contact Hour Credit
Theory Sessional
Econ 4201 Project Planning and Evaluation Technique Core 3 0 3.0
Econ 4202 Thesis Core 0 8 4.0
Econ 4203 Econometrics II Optional 3 0 3.0
Econ 4204 Sessional on Econometrics II Optional 0 4 2.0
Econ 4205 Transport Economics Optional 3 0 3.0
Econ 4207 Economics of Disaster Management Optional 3 0 3.0
Econ 4209 International Finance Core 3 0 3.0
Econ 4211 Globalization and International Cooperation Core 3 0 3.0
Econ 4212 Comprehensive Viva Voce Core 0 2 1.0
URP 4251 Geographic Information System Optional 3 0 3.0
URP 4252 Geographic Information System – Lab. Optional 0 3 1.5
Total Theory courses 7,   Sessional courses 4

Core courses 5,      Optional courses 6

  21 17 29.5

 

6.3 Course Profile: Detailed descriptions of all individual courses are available in the Discipline.

 

  1. Teaching strategy:

7.1. Teaching strategy of theory courses: Typical strategies are class lecture, group discussion, cooperative learning (small groups work together for achieving common goal), field visit, expert/guest speaker in selective issues etc.

 

7.2. Teaching strategy of sessional courses: Typical strategies are class lecture, group discussion, cooperative learning (small groups work together for achieving common goal), field visit, sessional tour, expert/guest speaker in selective issues etc.

 

  1. Assessment Strategy:

8.1: Distribution of Mark:

8.1.1: Mark distribution for theory courses:

No. Description Mark
(i) Class participation/Attendance 10
(ii) Class test, homework, assignment, term paper, quiz etc. 30
(iii) Final examination (3 hours) 60
Total 100

 

8.1.2: Mark distribution for sessional courses:

No. Description Mark
(i) Class participation/contact with teacher 10
(ii) Internal criticism/evaluation/observation 60
(iii) Final jury/viva-voce 30
Total 100

 

8.1.3: Base for class attendance/participation mark (all types of courses):

Attendance & Participation Mark
90% and above 10
85% to less than 90% 09
80% to less than 85% 08
75% to less than 80% 07
70% to less than 75% 06
65% to less than 70% 05
60% to less than 65% 04
Less than 60% 00

 

8.2: Continuous Assessment and sessional assessment:

Continuous assessment: quizzes/class tests, class attendance and participation, homework assignments, presentation, open book examination etc.

Sessional assessment: observation of the student at work in class/field work, viva-voce during laboratory hours and quizzes, assignments, reports, presentation, open book examination etc.

 

8.3. Thesis evaluation:

No. Description Mark
(i) Contact/discussion/communication with the supervisor 10
(ii) Evaluation 60
(iii) Viva-voce 30
Total 100

There will be two examiners (one is Supervisor) to examine the thesis. Each examiner will evaluate the thesis separately and the average mark will be considered for grading. However, if the marks given by the first and second examiners vary by 20% or more, a third examiner to be appointed by the concerned Examination Committee from outside of the University will evaluate the thesis. Among these numbers, average of the closest two numbers will be considered for grading. However, if the mark given by the third examiner happens to stand at the middle of the marks given by the first two examiners, the average of the three marks will be considered for grading.

 

8.4. Grading system and grading scale:

Numerical Grade Letter Grade Grade Point
80% or above A+ (A plus) 4.00
75% to less than 80% A (A regular) 3.75
70% to less than 75% A (A minus) 3.50
65% to less than 70% B+ (B plus) 3.25
60% to less than 65% B (B regular) 3.00
55% to less than 60% B (B minus) 2.75
50% to less than 55% C+ (C plus) 2.50
45% to less than 50% C (C regular) 2.25
40% to less than 45% D 2.00
Less than 40% F 0.00
Incomplete I  
Withdrawn W  
Continuation (For project and thesis/design course)

 

8.5 Assessment tools:

 

8.5.1. Theory courses:

Class participation: Attendance

 

Continuous assessment: quizzes/class tests, class attendance and participation, homework, assignments, presentation, open book examination etc.

 

Term final examination: Term final examination is a written examination comprising 60 (sixty) mark equally divided between two sections. It will be conducted centrally by the University. There will be two examiners for each theoretical course in the Term Final Examination, which will be of three hours duration.

 

8.5.2. Sessional courses:

Class participation: Attendance

Sessional assessment: observation of the student at work in class/field work, viva-voce during laboratory hours and quizzes, homework, assignments, reports, presentation, open book examination etc.

 

Final Jury/Viva-voce: Oral examination

 

8.5.3. Thesis:

Class participation: Contact/Discussion/Communication with the supervisor

 

Thesis evaluation: Thesis paper

Viva-voce: Oral examination/Defense

 

 

 


 

Syllabus for MSS in Economics Program

Effective from Session 2013-2014

[Approved in 142nd Academic Council Meeting of Khulna University held on 18.01.2014.]

 

Table 01: Program Summary

Program duration 18 months
Number of terms 03
Credit requirement Minimum credit to be earned 36
Credit from theory / sessional courses Minimum credit to be earned from theory courses 30
Minimum credit to be earned from sessional courses 06
Credit from core / optional courses Credit to be earned from core theory courses 12
Minimum credit to be earned from optional theory courses 18

 

Table 02: Credit Distribution by Status of the Courses

Year Term Total Credit Core

Courses

Optional

Courses

First 1 30.0 6.0 24.0
2 30.0 6.0 24.0
Second 1 21.0 6.0 or 9.0 15.0 or 12.0
Total 3 81.0 18.0 or 21.0 63.0 or 60.0

 

Table 03: Number of Courses

Year Term Core Optional Total Theory Sessional
First 1 2 8 10 10 0
2 2 8 10 10 0
Second 1 1 2 3 0 3
Total 3 5 18 23 20 3


Table 04: Nature of the Courses

Year Term Departmental Non-departmental
First 1 10 0
2 10 0
Second 1 3 0
Total 3 23 0

 

Year 1;Term 1

Course No. Course Title Status Contact Hour Credit
Theory Sessional
Econ 5101 Advanced Microeconomics Core 3.0 0 3.0
Econ 5103 Development Issues and Approaches Core 3.0 0 3.0
Econ 5105 Agricultural Economics and Policy Optional 3.0 0 3.0
Econ 5107 Environmental Economics Optional 3.0 0 3.0
Econ 5109 International Economics Optional 3.0 0 3.0
Econ 5111 Economics of Banking Optional 3.0 0 3.0
Econ 5113 Labor Economics Optional 3.0 0 3.0
Econ 5115 Islamic Economics Optional 3.0 0 3.0
Econ 5117 Economics of South-western Bangladesh Optional 3.0 0 3.0
Econ 5119 Food Security and Livelihood Pattern Optional 3.0 0 3.0
Total Theory courses 10, Sessional courses 0

Core courses 2, Optional courses 8

30.0 0 30.0

Year 1;Term 2

Course No. Course Title Status Contact Hour Credit
Theory Sessional
Econ 5201 Advanced Macroeconomics Core 3.0 0 3.0
Econ 5203 Methods in Social Research Core 3.0 0 3.0
Econ 5205 Economics of Industry Optional 3.0 0 3.0
Econ 5207 Natural Resource Management Optional 3.0 0 3.0
Econ 5209 International Business Optional 3.0 0 3.0
Econ 5211 Economics of Public Policy Optional 3.0 0 3.0
Econ 5213 Health Economics Optional 3.0 0 3.0
Econ 5215 Ethics in Economics Optional 3.0 0 3.0
Econ 5217 Climate Change and Disaster Management Optional 3.0 0 3.0
Econ 5219 Advanced Econometrics Optional 3.0 0 3.0
Total Theory courses 10, Sessional courses 0

Core courses 2, Optional courses 8

30.0 0 30.0

 

Year 2; Term 1

Course No. Course Title Status Contact Hour Credit
Theory Sessional
Econ 6102 Thesis* Optional 0 9.0 9.0
Econ 6104 Project* Optional 0 6.0 6.0
Econ 6106 Internship* Optional 0 6.0 6.0
Total Theory courses 0, Sessional courses 3

Core courses 1, Optional courses 2

Core* 0 21.0 21.0

N.B.: (*) marked courses are mutually exclusive and one of the above (*) marked courses is compulsory.

 


 

Syllabus for Master of Development Policy and Studies (MDPS) Program

Effective from the Session 2015-2016

 

Table 01: Program Summary

Program duration 16 months
Number of terms 04
Credit requirement Minimum credit to be earned 48.0
Credit from theory / sessional courses Minimum credit to be earned from theory courses 42.0
Minimum credit to be earned from sessional courses 06.0
Credit from core / optional courses Credit to be earned from core theory courses 18.0
Minimum credit to be earned from optional theory courses 24.0
Minimum credit to be earned from Research Paper / Internship* 6.0
*All are optional but one is compulsory  

 

Table 02: Credit Distribution by Status of the Courses

Year Term Total Credit Core

Courses

Optional

Courses

First 1 24.0 6.0 18.0
2 27.0 6.0 21.0
3 24.0 6.0 18.0
Second 1 12.0 6.0 6.0
Total 4 87.0 24.0 63.0

 

Table 03: Course Distribution by Status of the Courses

Year Term Core Optional Total Theory Sessional
First 1 2 6 8 8 0
2 2 7 9 9 0
3 2 6 8 8 0
Second 1 1 1 2 0 2
Total 4 7 20 27 25 2

 

Year 1; Term 1

Course No. Course Title Status Contact Hour Credit
Theory Sessional
MDPS 5101 Fundamentals of Economics Core 3.0 0 3.0
MDPS 5103 Theories and Policies of Development Core 3.0 0 3.0
MDPS 5105 Agricultural Policy and Rural Development Optional 3.0 0 3.0
MDPS 5107 Sociology and Anthropology of Development Optional 3.0 0 3.0
MDPS 5109 NGOs in Development Optional 3.0 0 3.0
MDPS 5111 Livelihood and Food Security Optional 3.0 0 3.0
MDPS 5113 Issues on Poverty and Inequality Optional 3.0 0 3.0
MDPS 5115 Population Policy and Gender Studies Optional 3.0 0 3.0
Total Theory courses 8,   Sessional courses 0

Core courses 2,     Optional courses 6

24.0 0 24.0

 

Year 1; Term 2

Course No. Course Title Status Contact Hour Credit
Theory Sessional
MDPS 5201 Statistics for Social Research Core 3.0 0 3.0
MDPS 5203 Resource Management and Sustainable Development Core 3.0 0 3.0
MDPS 5205 Urbanization and Development Optional 3.0 0 3.0
MDPS 5207 Governance and Development Optional 3.0 0 3.0
MDPS 5209 Political Economy of Development Optional 3.0 0 3.0
MDPS 5211 Education and Health in Development Optional 3.0 0 3.0
MDPS 5213 Trade Policy and Development Optional 3.0 0 3.0
MDPS 5215 Industrial Policy and Development Optional 3.0 0 3.0
MDPS 5217 Environmental Policy and Development Optional 3.0 0 3.0
Total Theory courses 9,   Sessional courses 0

Core courses 2,     Optional courses 7

27.0 0 27.0

 

Year 1; Term 3

Course No. Course Title Status Contact Hour Credit
Theory Sessional
MDPS 5301 Research Methodology Core 3.0 0 3.0
MDPS 5303 Project Management Optional 3.0 0 3.0
MDPS 5305 Globalization and Regional Integration Optional 3.0 0 3.0
MDPS 5307 Ethics in Development Core 3.0 0 3.0
MDPS 5309 Contemporary Development Practices Optional 3.0 0 3.0
MDPS 5311 Climate Change and Disaster Management Optional 3.0 0 3.0
MDPS 5313 Human Rights and Development Optional 3.0 0 3.0
MDPS 5315 Public Policy and Development Optional 3.0 0 3.0
Total Theory courses 8, Sessional courses 0

Core courses 2,     Optional courses 6

24.0 0 24.0

 

Year 2; Term 1

Course No. Course Title Status Contact Hour Credit
Theory Sessional
MDPS 6102 Research Paper* Optional 0 12.0 6.0
MDPS 6104 Internship* Optional 0 12.0 6.0
Total Theory courses 0,   Sessional courses 2

Core courses 1,       Optional courses 1

Core* 0 24.0 12.0

N.B.: * marked courses are mutually exclusive and one of the above (*) marked courses is compulsory.

 

 

 

 

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