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Syllabus for
Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies, Economics, Political Science
Academic Year  (2019)

 
1 Semester - 2019 - Batch
Paper Code
Paper
Hours Per
Week
Credits
Marks
BBS191C MAHABHARATHA AND MODERN MANAGEMENT 3 3 100
BBS191D INTRODUCTION TO EXISTENTIALISM 3 3 100
BBS191E TOURISM, CULTURE, AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 3 3 100
BECO131 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS 5 5 100
BECO161 INTRODUCTION TO DEVELOPMENT STUDIES 3 3 100
BECO191A INSTITUTIONS AND INFORMAL ECONOMY 3 3 100
BECO191B ECONOMICS OF CORRUPTION 3 3 100
BENG121 ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION I 3 3 100
BENG191A READING TECHNOLOGY IN/AND SCIENCE FICTION 3 3 100
BHIS191A ENCOUNTERING HISTORIES: THE FUTURE OF THE PAST 3 3 100
BMED191A MEDIA LITERACY 3 3 100
BMED191B CINEMATOGRAPHY 3 3 100
BMST131 INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION 5 4 100
BPOL131 POLITICAL THEORY 5 5 100
BPOL191A CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND PEACE 3 3 100
BPOL191B GLOBAL POWER POLITICS 3 3 100
BPOL191C STATE AND TERRORISM 3 3 100
BPSY191A SCIENCE OF WELLNESS 3 3 100
BPSY191B ADVERTISEMENT PSYCHOLOGY 3 3 100
SDEM112 SOCIAL SENSITIVITY SKILLS 2 00 50
2 Semester - 2019 - Batch
Paper Code
Paper
Hours Per
Week
Credits
Marks
BBS291A APPLIED ETHICS-A MULTICULTURAL APPROACH 3 3 100
BBS291B GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AND CULTURE 3 3 100
BBS291C COURTESY AND ETIQUETTES 3 3 100
BECO231 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS 5 5 100
BECO291A ECONOMICS AND LITERATURE 3 3 100
BECO291B DESIGNING POLICIES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 3 3 100
BENG221 ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION II 3 3 100
BENG291A READING CITYSCAPES: BANGALORE HISTORIES 3 3 100
BENG291B READING THE CYBERSPACE: PUBLIC AND THE PRIVATE 3 3 100
BHIS291A THE POLITICS OF MEMORY: THE MAKINGS OF GENOCIDE 3 3 100
BMED291A INTER-CULTURAL COMMUNICATION 3 3 100
BMED291B ACOUSTIC PHONETICS 3 03 100
BMST232 MEDIA SEMIOTICS 3 03 100
BMST251 WRITING FOR MASS MEDIA 5 5 100
BPOL231 MAJOR POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES 5 5 100
BPOL291A LITERATURE REVIEW FOR RESEARCH 3 3 100
BPSY291A APPRECIATING AESTHETICS 3 3 100
BPSY291B HUMAN ENGINEERING AND ERGONOMICS 3 3 100
SDEM212 EXPRESSIVE SKILLS 2 00 50
3 Semester - 2018 - Batch
Paper Code
Paper
Hours Per
Week
Credits
Marks
BECO331 FUNDAMENTALS OF ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT 5 5 100
BMST331 DEVELOPMENT COMMUNICATION 4 4 100
BMST341 MEDIA SEMIOTICS 3 3 100
BMST351 WRITING FOR MASS MEDIA 3 03 100
BPOL331 INDIAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS-I 5 4 100
BPOL341 INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC POLICY 3 3 100
SDEM312 KNOWLEDGE ACQUISITION SKILLS 2 00 50
4 Semester - 2018 - Batch
Paper Code
Paper
Hours Per
Week
Credits
Marks
BECO431 STATISTICS AND RESEARCH METHODS IN ECONOMICS 5 5 100
BMST441A MEDIA RESEARCH METHODS 3 3 100
BMST441B RESEARCH METHODOLOGY 3 3 100
BMST451 AUDIO-VISUAL PRODUCTION 4 4 100
BPOL431 INDIAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS-II 5 4 100
BPOL442 POLICY RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS 3 3 100
SDEM412 KNOWLEDGE APPLICATION SKILLS 2 0 50
5 Semester - 2017 - Batch
Paper Code
Paper
Hours Per
Week
Credits
Marks
BECO531 STATISTICS AND RESEARCH METHODS IN ECONOMICS 4 4 100
BECO542 B MATHEMATICAL METHODS FOR ECONOMICS 4 3 100
BECO542A FINANCIAL ECONOMICS 4 4 100
BMST541A MEDIA AND GENDER 60 4 100
BMST541B MEDIA AND HUMAN RIGHTS 4 4 100
BMST551 DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION 4 4 100
BPOL531 INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS 4 4 100
BPOL541A COMPARATIVE POLITICAL SYSTEMS: UK AND USA 4 4 100
BPOL541B CONCEPTS AND THEORIES IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION 4 4 100
SDEM512 SELF ENHANCEMENT SKILLS 1 2 00 50
6 Semester - 2017 - Batch
Paper Code
Paper
Hours Per
Week
Credits
Marks
BECO631 INDIAN ECONOMY 4 4 100
BECO642A ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS 4 4 100
BECO642B INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMETRICS 4 4 100
BMST641A ADVERTISING 5 4 100
BMST641B PUBLIC RELATIONS 4 04 100
BMST642A FILM STUDIES 4 4 100
BMST651B SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT 4 4 100
BPOL631 ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS 4 4 100
BPOL641A COMPARATIVE POLITICAL SYSTEMS: SWITZERLAND AND FRANCE 4 4 100
BPOL641B PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION 4 4 100
SDEM612 SELF ENHANCEMENT SKILLS 2 2 00 50
        

  

Assesment Pattern

The Continuous Internal Assessment (CIA) will be assessed for seventy per cent weightage and the End Semester Examination (ESE) for thirty per cent weightage. The practical courses and the common core courses will be assessed out of hundred marks in various components including attendance. The Mid Semester and End Semester written examination question pattern consists of questions divided into two or three sections with short answers, short essays and long essays.

Examination And Assesments

The evaluation is divided in to two components: Continuous Internal Assessment (CIA) including Mid Semester Examination (MSE), and the End Semester Examination (ESE).

Department Overview:
Under the School of Business Studies and Social Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Bannerghatta Road Campus, the Economics Cluster, which later became the Cluster of Economics and Political Science in 2019, was formed in 2016 out of the parent Department of Economics. The Cluster consists of a faculty pool with rich experience in teaching, research and consultancy. The cluster has over eighteen full-time faculty members with specialisation in Monetary and Financial Economics, Environmental Economics, Behavioural Economics, Industrial Economics, Informal Economy, Public Administration, International Relations, Political Ideologies and so on, involving in advanced research.
Mission Statement:
Vision: Establish an identity as a cluster of a high standard in teaching and research in Economics and Political Science. Mission: Equip students with advanced knowledge and skill sets to address real-world socio-economic and political problems and undertake cutting edge research on contemporary issues related to the same.
Introduction to Program:
The BA Economics, Media Studies and Political Science (EMP) programme is a flagship triple main programme offered by the Economics and Political Science Cluster in association with the Media Studies Cluster in the School of Business Studies and Social Sciences, CHRIST (Deemed to be University). The programme offers Economics, Political Science and Media Studies courses in equal weightage of core and elective subjects. The programme is designed to produce graduates trained in all the three disciples with strong theoretical foundations and knowledge of their applications. The programme shall enable students to identify the synergy of the three disciplines and conduct independent research enquiries while applying the same in real-world situations. The programme provides a unique opportunity to understand one discipline through the spectrum of the other.
Program Objective:
Programme Objectives: - To train the students in the fundamental theories in economics, political science and media studies. - To provide skill sets for conducting academic research in economics, political science and media studies. - To mould holistically developed individuals. Programme Outcomes: On completion of the BA EMP programme: - The students will gain familiarity with historical and contemporary developments in the disciplines of Economics, Media Studies and Political Science. - The students will have the necessary knowledge of interdisciplinary areas. - The students will be able to analyse and evaluate economic policies and political ideologies. - The students will gain problem-solving, interpretative and decision-making skills. - The students will attain the competency to understand regional, national and global issues from multiple perspectives of economics, media and political science. - The students will be trained in practical areas of data analysis, report generation and critical thinking. - The students will be eligible for attaining higher education at leading institutions in the world. - The students will be professionally equipped to take up careers in media houses, corporate and public sector.

BBS191C - MAHABHARATHA AND MODERN MANAGEMENT (2019 Batch)

Total Teaching Hours for Semester:45
No of Lecture Hours/Week:3
Max Marks:100
Credits:3

Course Objectives/Course Description

 

Course Description:

The Mahabharata of the great Maharishi Veda Vyasa is a treasure trove of knowledge, principles and paradigms. It is written that what is not in the Mahabharata will not be found elsewhere. Written nearly thousands of years ago, the Mahabharata is as yet a source of knowledge, especially modern management principles.In essence it highlights the victory of Dharma in times of Adharma.This subject is a comprehensive learning on management lessons which can be inferred from the great epic. It gives a clear understanding and comparison of management Principles, practices and the various functions of management with the epic. The syllabus is structured to provide basic conceptual knowledge on the principles of management. It also deals with behavioral issues in the individual processes, group and interpersonal processes.

Course Objectives:

  •  Discuss the epic by summarizing the various parvas/units in class in accordance with the management concept
  •  Review and make a critical estimate of the epic with a focus on morals, ethics, legal and management concepts
  • To develop competencies and knowledge of students to become effective professionals

Learning Outcome

Course Learning Outcome: Students will get to know team work and group dynamics

  • Students will get to know determination and hard work and its implication on business decision
  • Students will be able to appreciate the role of general management for the success of an organization.
  • This subject will enable them to enhance their Moral, social, ethical and professional skills
  • To understand the manner in which strategic and competitive advantage is developed

Unit-1
Teaching Hours:9
Introduction to Mahabharatha
 

The older generations-The Pandava and Kaurava princes- Lakshagraha (the house of lac)

Establishment of the kingdom-Administration and Management principles

Unit-2
Teaching Hours:9
Marriage and Building of New city
 

Marriage to Draupadi- An event study approach.

Indraprastha-A new beginning- Pressure for change – Change process, Types of change, Factors influencing change, Resistance to change

Unit-3
Teaching Hours:9
The Big Game
 

The dice game- Cooperative strategies & Reasons for strategic alliances-

Exile and return- Risks and costs of strategic alliances

Unit-4
Teaching Hours:9
The battle at Kurukshetra
 

The battle at Kurukshetra - Strategic Planning and Management- levels at which strategy operates- Event approaches to strategic decision making,

Unit-5
Teaching Hours:9
Post Kurukshetra
 

The end of the Pandavas- Succession Planning,Authority and Responsibility

The reunion Organizing- Choosing the organizational structure

 

Text Books And Reference Books:

Stoner, Freeman, Gilbert Jr. (2014). Management (6th edition), New Delhi: Prentice Hall India.

Rao, V.S.P., & Krishna, V.H., (2011). Strategic Management: Text and Cases. New Delhi: Excel Books.

Pratap Chandra Roy ,The complete Mahabharata translated into English prose directly from the original sanskrit text.(1st Edition) oriental publishing co.

Source: Jaya - An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata

 

 

Essential Reading / Recommended Reading

C Rajagopalachari (2017). Mahabharata (63rdedition), Mumbai: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.

 

Evaluation Pattern

CIA 1 10 Marks

MSE   30 Marks

CIA 3 10 Marks

End Assesment 50 Marks

BBS191D - INTRODUCTION TO EXISTENTIALISM (2019 Batch)

Total Teaching Hours for Semester:45
No of Lecture Hours/Week:3
Max Marks:100
Credits:3

Course Objectives/Course Description

 

This course is an introduction to the primary figures and themes of existentialism. Although Jean-Paul Sartre was one of the few thinkers who readily adopted the word “existentialism” (along with de Beauvoir and Marcel), the term eventually was used to describe the entire tradition of European thought that dominated the first part twentieth-century, and focused on the analysis of human existence. The readings in the course will focus on three groups of thinkers: the nineteenth-century precursors to existentialism (Dostoyevsky, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche), the German thinkers who laid the groundwork for existential thought (Kafka, Heidegger, Jaspers), and the French thinkers who were most identified with the movement (Sartre, de Beauvoir, Camus). The lectures and discussions will focus primarily on a close reading of the selected primary texts.

Learning Outcome

·         To enable students to understand life and discover meaning in life

·         To incite  critical thinking among students to search for meaning

Unit-1
Teaching Hours:7
Introduction to Existentialism
 

Nineteenth-Century Precursors to Existentialism:  Pascal, Dostoyevsky,

Unit-2
Teaching Hours:8
The Existentialism Philosophy
 

Kierkegaard: Fear and Trembling, Nietzsche: The Will to Power, The Critique of Morality, Nihilism, The Transvaluation of Values

Unit-3
Teaching Hours:12
German Existentialism: Kafka, Heidegger, Jaspers
 

Kafka: Three Parables, Heidegger: The Way Back into the Ground of Metaphysics, Jaspers: Existenzphilosophie

Unit-4
Teaching Hours:12
French Existentialism: Sartre, de Beauvoir, Camus
 

Sartre: Being and Nothingness, Negation, In-Itself, For-Itself, Freedom and Anguish, Bad Faith, Being-for-Others, De Beauvoir: The Second Sex, introduction, Myth and Reality, The Independent Woman, Sartre: Existentialism is Humanism, Camus: The Myth of Sisyphus

Unit-5
Teaching Hours:6
The Death Camps
 

Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz and implications of existentialism in the contemporary word. The relevance of Existentialism today.

Text Books And Reference Books:

 

·         In Kaufmann, W. (1956). Existentialism: From Dostoevsky to Sartre. New York: Meridian Books.

 

·         Kierkegaard, S., Evans, C. S., & Walsh, S. (2006). Fear and trembling. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

 

·         Sartre, J.-P. (1966). Being and nothingness: An essay on phenomenological ontology. New York: Washington Square Press.

 

·         Beauvoir, Simone de, 1908-1986. (2009). The second sex. London :Jonathan Cape,

 

·         Levi, P., Woolf, S. J., & Roth, P. (1996). Survival in Auschwitz: The Nazi assault on humanity.

 

Essential Reading / Recommended Reading

Reynods, Jack, Understanding Existentialism, Chesham, 2006

Evaluation Pattern

Book Review : 10 Marks

Drama (On the theme of Existetialism) - 30 Marks

Mid Semester : 20 Marks

End Semester: 30 Marks

BBS191E - TOURISM, CULTURE, AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (2019 Batch)

Total Teaching Hours for Semester:45
No of Lecture Hours/Week:3
Max Marks:100
Credits:3

Course Objectives/Course Description

 

The Course presents several of the operational projects implemented by, or with the support of UNESCO, to illustrate how cultural tourism policies developed in the spirit of the principles and values contained in the texts, standard-setting instruments, declarations and recommendations adopted by UNESCO, are put into practice.

To open a debate on the complex questions that surround the relations between culture and tourism, tourism and development, and tourism and dialogue among cultures.

Learning Outcome

  • To use Tourism as an instrument to bring individuals and human communities into contact
  • To understand the role of cultures and civilizations in facilitating dialogue among cultures
  • To recognise the capacity of Tourism in assisting the world’s inhabitants to live better together and thereby contribute to the construction of peace in the minds of men and women

Unit-1
Teaching Hours:8
Introduction, Key Themes and Issues in Tourism, Culture and Development
 

Finding Meaning through Tourism, Tourism as a World of Paradoxes, The Centrality of Experiences, Changing Contexts and Emerging Challenges in the Context of Development

Culture, Heritage and Diversity as Tourism Resources, Understanding Culture and Cultural Resources in Tourism, Cultural Tourism as a Means of Economic Development, Developing the Cultural Supply Chain, Exploitation of Culture

Unit-2
Teaching Hours:5
Tourism as a Vehicle for Inter-Cultural Dialogue
 

Tourist – Host Encounters, The Role of Routers / Intermediaries / Media, Tourism – Tourist Education, Cross Cultural Understanding

Unit-3
Teaching Hours:5
Tourism and Environmental Protection
 

Introduction to the Natural Environment, Tourism and the Spirit of Nature, Fragile and Vulnerable Ecosystems, Cultural Implications of Mobilizing Natural Resources for Tourism, From Ecotourism to Integrated Tourism

Unit-4
Teaching Hours:10
Issues of Governance in Tourism, Culture and Development
 

Developing Structures to Develop and Manage Tourism and Culture, Complexities and Challenges of Policy Making in Tourism and Culture, Responsibilities / Tensions and Actions, The Gender Dimension, Stakeholders and Collaborations

Unit-5
Teaching Hours:12
Preservation and Mobilization of Cultural Resources
 

Cultural Tourism Itinerary, Raising Awareness about the Fragility of Heritage Sites, Education for Lasting Tourism

Case Studies from The Palestinian Territories, Central America, Western Africa, Mauritania and Angkor

Economic Empowerment and poverty Alleviation, Sustainable Tourism Development Strategy, Forging Innovative and Inter-Disciplinary Approaches, Indigenous Resource Management Systems, Empowering Communities through Tourism

Case Studies from The Aral Sea Basin, Local Effort in Asia and Pacific (LEAP), Mountainous Regions of Central and South Asia

Dissemination of Knowledge and Reconciliation with the Past, Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems in a Global Society (LINKS), UNESCO’s Actions in the field of Tourism, Culture and Development

Case Studies on UNESCO’s Conventions, Seminars and Universal Declarations

Unit-6
Teaching Hours:5
Mobilizing Nature for Sustainable Tourism
 

Capacity Building and Youth Poverty Alleviation through Tourism and Heritage (PATH)

Case Studies on Sao Paulo’s Green Belt Biosphere Reserve

Text Books And Reference Books:

Appadurai A. (2002) Cultural Diversity: A Conceptual Platform. In K. Stenou (ed.) UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity. UNESCO Publishing, Paris, pp. 9-16.

Appadurai A. (2003) Modernity at Large. Cultural Dimensions of Globalization. Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press.

Boumedine R. S. and Veirier L. (2003) Towards a Strategy for the Sustainable Development of Tourism in the Sahara in the Context of Poverty Eradication. UNESCO Publishing, Paris.

Cohen E. (2004) Contemporary Tourism. Diversity and Change. Elsevier, London.

Hemmati, M. ed. (1999) Women’s Employment and Participation in Tourism, Report for UN Commission on Sustainable Development 7th Session. UNED.

Intergovernmental Conference on Cultural Policies for Development (1998) Final Report. (Also referred to as Stockholm Action Plan). UNESCO Publishing, Paris.

Essential Reading / Recommended Reading

International Labour Organisation (2001) Human resources development, employment and globalization in the hotel, catering and tourism sector (Report for discussion at the Tripartite Meeting on Human Resources Development, Employment and Globalization in the Hotel, Catering and Tourism Sector, Geneva, ILO).

Komla E.E. and Veirier L. (2004) Tourism, Culture and Development in West-Africa: For a Cultural Tourism Consistent with Sustainable Development. UNESCO Publishing, Paris.

Posey D.A. (Ed) (1999) Cultural and Spiritual Values of Biodiversity. A Complementary Contribution to the Global Biodiversity Assessment. Intermediate Technology Publications, London (on behalf of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nairobi).

Robertson, R. (1990) Mapping the Global Conditions: Globalization as the Central Concept. In M. Featherstone (ed.) Global Culture: Nationalism, Globalization and Modernity. Sage, London, pp. 15-30.

Steck B., Strasdas W., and Gustedt, E. (1999) Tourism in Technical Co-operation. A guide to the conception, planning and implementation of project-accompanying measures in regional rural development and nature conservation. GTZ, Eschborn.

Tour Operators’ Initiative for Sustainable Tourism Development (2004) Supply Chain Engagement for Tour Operators: Three Steps towards Sustainability. UNEP-Sustainable Tourism, Paris.

Winkin Y. (2002) Cultural Diversity: A Pool of Ideas for Implementation. In K. Stenou (ed.)

UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity. UNESCO Publishing, Paris, pp. 17-60.

Evaluation Pattern

CIA 1 - Group Activity and Written Submission on “Culture and Cultural Resources in Tourism – From an Inter-Disciplinary Perspective” (20 Marks)

CIA 2 - Mid Semester Examination (25 Marks)

CIA 3 - Group Activity and Written Submission on “Integrated Tourism by Mobilizing Natural Resources” (20 Marks)

Final Submission - An Individual Activity supported by Written Submission on “Designing a Structured Plan to Develop and Manage Sustainability through Tourism and Culture; An Inter-Disciplinary Perspective” (30 Marks)

BECO131 - PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (2019 Batch)

Total Teaching Hours for Semester:75
No of Lecture Hours/Week:5
Max Marks:100
Credits:5

Course Objectives/Course Description

 

Course Description

This course is designed to expose the students to the basic principles of microeconomic theory. The emphasis will be on thinking like an economist and the course will illustrate how microeconomic concepts can be applied to analyze real-life situations.

Course Objectives

  • To develop the conceptual foundations and analytical methods used in microeconomics; familiarize the students with the basics of consumer behaviour, the behaviour of firms and market equilibrium.
  • To analyse the market structures of perfect competition, oligopoly and monopolies; introduce the game theory and welfare economics.

Learning Outcome

  • Understand that economics is about the allocation of scarce resources and how that results in trade-offs.
  • Understand the role of prices in allocating scarce resources in the market economies and explain the consequences of government policies in the form of price controls.
  • Appreciate positive as well as normative viewpoints on concepts of market failure and the need for government intervention.

Unit-1
Teaching Hours:16
Micro Economics and the Theory of Consumption
 

Ten principles of economics: How people make decisions, how people interact and how the economy as a whole works-Role of observations and theory in economics – Role of assumptions - Role of Economic models- Wants and resources; Problem of choice, Production Possibility Frontier; Opportunity costs.

Unit-2
Teaching Hours:14
Demand and Supply
 

Law of demand, Reasons for the downward slope of the demand curve. Exceptions to the law; Changes in demand; Elasticity of Demand – Degrees of price elasticity with diagrams; Factors determining price elasticity, methods of measurement.  Income elasticity demand; Cross elasticity demand; Laws of supply, Changes in supply - Consumers, Producers and the Efficiency of the Markets: Consumers’ surplus (Marshall), Producers’ surplus and Market efficiency-Externalities and Market inefficiency-Public goods and common resources.

Unit-3
Teaching Hours:8
Theory of Consumer Choice
 

Ordinal utility analysis; Indifference curves - Properties, consumers’ equilibrium, Price effect, Income Effect and substitution effect.

Unit-4
Teaching Hours:14
Theory of Production and Cost
 

Production function; Law of Variable proportions; Laws of returns, Economies of scale; Producer’s Equilibrium with the help of iso-quants and iso-cost lines. Cost function-Important cost concepts. Short run and long run cost analysis (traditional theory) Modern theory of cost-Long run and short run-Revenue analysis-AR and MR.

Unit-5
Teaching Hours:19
Product Pricing and Factor Pricing
 

Market structure; Perfect competition, Price and output determination; Role of time element in the market price determination; Monopoly – Price output determination, Price discrimination - Monopolistic Competition: Price and Output determination. Selling costs. Product differentiation; Wastes in monopolistic competition; Oligopoly Price determination (collusive pricing and price leadership), Features of Duopoly and Monopsony

Unit-6
Teaching Hours:4
New Frontiers in Microeconomics
 

New Frontiers in Microeconomics: Introduction to concepts of Asymmetric Information, Political economy, Behavioral Economics.

Text Books And Reference Books:

Lipsey, R.G., & Chrystal, K.A. (1999). Principles of Economics. (9th Ed.). Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Mankiw, N. G. (2012). Principles of Microeconomics. (4th Ed). Cengage Learning India.

Essential Reading / Recommended Reading

Ahuja, H.L. (2012). Principles of Microeconomics. (21st Ed). S Chand, New Delhi.

Pindyk, R. S., & Rubinfeld, D. L. (2013). Micro Economics. (8th Ed.). Pearson Education.

Ramsfield, E. (1997). Micro Economics. (9th Ed.). W. W. Norton and company, New York.

Ray, N.C. (1975). An Introduction to Microeconomics. Macmillan Company of India Ltd, New Delhi.

Samuelson, P.A., & Hague, W.D. (1972). A textbook of Economic Theory. ELBS Longman group, London.

Evaluation Pattern

Evaluation

Pattern

CIA1

MSE (CIA2)

CIA3

ESE

Attendance

Weightage

20

25

20

30

05

BECO161 - INTRODUCTION TO DEVELOPMENT STUDIES (2019 Batch)

Total Teaching Hours for Semester:45
No of Lecture Hours/Week:3
Max Marks:100
Credits:3

Course Objectives/Course Description

 

This course is designed to introduce the students to concepts and issues with respect to economic and political development as also the development in the realm of communication. The economic development studies module deals with the concept of development and the significance of the same in the current global scenario. Political perspective broadens one's competence to include interdisciplinary knowledge of how different factors interrelate in processes of development. The development of communication approach highlights information as an essential tool for empowerment and its dissemination through various media as the centre of the dynamic process of development.

Course Objectives

  • To introduce the basic concepts and issues pertaining to economic development studies in a globalised context and identify the challenges and opportunities therein.
  • It focuses on the political agents, processes, and challenges that influence the development process by referring to empirical knowledge of the Third World countries.
  • To introduce the concepts, theories and models of development communication that guide the use of media for positive social change through empowerment.

Learning Outcome

  • An understanding of the evolving issues with respect to development on account of globalization and the new age solutions to the same.
  • Evaluate the use of tools of communication in social development.
  • Defines the general questions and debates in relation to actors of politics, the politics of development, debates and challenges.

Unit-1
Teaching Hours:15
Introduction to Economic Development Studies
 

Concept of economic development –Dimensions, paradigms and its evolution with globalization. Issues in development: environment and development; poverty, inequality, and development; food crisis; migration, displacement, urbanization and development; gender and development. Role of institutions in economic development. Some discussions on issues and opportunities in emerging economies and in the Indian context.

Unit-2
Teaching Hours:15
Introduction to Development Communication
 

Defining Development Communication; Evolution of the idea of Development Communication; Theories of Development Communication; The Role of Media in Empowerment; Technology, Institutions, Communication and Development

Unit-3
Teaching Hours:15
Politics and Development
 

Meanings of Development; State and Development, Modernization Theory of Development; Politics of Development- Left Vs Right; Development Vs Human Rights; Critical perspectives of Development

Text Books And Reference Books:

Reyes, G. E.  (2001). Four Main Theories of Development: Modernization, Dependency, World System and Globalization, University of Pittsburgh, USA.  

Levy, Brian. (2011). The Politics of Development. Development Outreach. World Bank.

Melkote, S. R., & Steeves, H. L. (2015). Communication for development: Theory and practice for empowerment and social justice. SAGE Publications India.

Myrdal, G. (1968). Asian drama: An inquiry into the poverty of nations. New York: Pantheon.

Pattanaik, B. K (2017).Issues and Challenges of Development: An Introduction. SAGE Publications Private Limited.

Schramm, W. (1964). Mass media and national development: The role of information in developing countries (Vol. 25). Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Essential Reading / Recommended Reading

Almond, G. A. (2016). Politics of the developing areas. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Almond, G. A., & Powell, G. B. (1966). Comparative politics: A developmental approach. Boston: Little, Brown.

Blomström, M., & Hettne, B. (1984). Development theory in transition: The dependency debate and beyond: Third World responsesNJ: US distributor, Biblio Distribution Center.

Deneulin, S., & Shahani, L. (eds,) (2009). An Introduction to the Human Development and Capability Approach, Earthscan, UK.

Drèze, J., & Sen, A. (1998). Indian development: Selected regional perspectives. Delhi: Oxford University Press. 

Haslam, P. A., Schafer, J., & Beaudet, P. (2012). Introduction to international development: approaches, actors, and issues. Don Mills: Oxford University Press.

Levy, Brian. (2011). The Politics of Development. Development Outreach. World Bank.

Melkote, S. R., & Steeves, H. L. (2015). Communication for development: Theory and practice for empowerment and social justice. SAGE Publications India.

Myrdal, G. (1968). Asian drama: An inquiry into the poverty of nations. New York: Pantheon.

OlleTornquist, (1999). Politics and Development: A Critical Introduction, Sage Publications. 

Pattanaik, B.K. (2016). Introduction to Development Studies. Sage Publications Private Limited.

Sen, A (2001). Development as Freedom. Alfred A. Knopf Press.

Willis, K., Williams, G., & Meth, P. (2014). Geographies of developing areas: The Global South in a changing world. Routledge.

Evaluation Pattern

Evaluation Pattern

CIA1

MSE*(CIA2)

CIA3

ESE**

Attendance

Weightage

20

25

20

30

05

* Mid Semester Examination will be in the form of seminar presentation

** End Semester Examination will be submissions of a research paper of 3000 words along with viva-voce.

 

 

BECO191A - INSTITUTIONS AND INFORMAL ECONOMY (2019 Batch)

Total Teaching Hours for Semester:45
No of Lecture Hours/Week:3
Max Marks:100
Credits:3

Course Objectives/Course Description

 

Course Description

The primary aim of this course is to introduce students to the concept of institutions and the informal economy in a global context. The discourse examines the informal economy through the lens of institutional economics. The aim is to acquaint students to significant discourses and issues in policy design and intervention.  

 

Course Objectives

This course will:

 

  • introduce students to the institutions and institutional change through major concepts in institutional economics;

  • discuss the informal economy through concepts, theory and measurement;

  • examine the linkages of formal and informal economy;

  • train students to hone their writing and presentation skills to effectively discuss these complex ideas.

Learning Outcome

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • understand the concepts and some of the theoretical discourses in the study of institutional change and informal economy;

  • examine how the formal and informal economies are no longer separate watertight compartments but function together as an interactive system;

  • effectively communicate these complex ideas through written and oral presentation.

 

Unit-1
Teaching Hours:10
Institutions and Institutional Change
 

Institutions, Economic Theory and Economic Performance; Informal Constraints; Formal Constraints; The Path of Institutional Change

Unit-2
Teaching Hours:12
Elements of Institutional Economics
 

Contracts and Property Rights: the Concepts of Exchange and Property, Critique of the Utilitarian Calculus; Transaction Costs, Bargaining Power; Markets as Institutions; Firms and Markets

Unit-3
Teaching Hours:10
Informality: Concepts, Theory and Measurement
 

Bureaucratic Form and the Informal Economy; Formal and Informal Enterprises: Concepts, Definition, and Measurement Issues; Linking the Formal and Informal Economy.

Unit-4
Teaching Hours:13
Empirical Studies in Institutional Change and Informality
 

CASE STUDIES: The Impact of Regulation on Growth and Informality: Cross-Country Evidence; Blocking Human Potential: How Formal Policies Block the Economy in the Maputo Corridor; Enforcement and Compliance in Lima’s Street Markets: The Origins and Consequences of Policy Incoherence towards Informal Traders

Text Books And Reference Books:

Essential Readings

Alston, L. J., Eggertsson, T., & North, D. C. (Eds.). (1996). Empirical Studies in Institutional Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Guha-Khasnobis, B., Kanbur, R., & Ostrom, E. (Eds.). (2006). Linking the Formal and Informal Economy: Concepts and Policies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Misztal, B. (2002). Informality: Social theory and Contemporary Practice. Routledge.

North, D. (1990). Institutions, Economic Theory and Economic PerformanceInstitutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Essential Reading / Recommended Reading

Recommended Readings

Arias, O., Fajnzylber, P., Maloney, W., Mason, A., Perry, G., & Saavedra-Chanduvi, J. (2007). Informality: Exit and Exclusion. Washington: The World Bank.

Harris, J. (2006). Power Matters: Essays on Institutions, Politics, and Society in India. New York: Oxford University Press.

Mehta, P. B., & Kapur, D. (2005). Public Institutions in India: Performance and Design. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

Nayyar, D. (Ed.). (2002). Governing Globalization: Issues and Institutions. Oxford University Press.

Oviedo, A. M. (2009). Economic Informality: Causes, Costs, and Policies: A Literature Survey of International Experience. Country Economic Memorandum (CEM).

Evaluation Pattern

Evaluation Pattern

Course title

MSE (Weight)

ESE (Weight)

Attendance

Institutions and Informal Economy

45%

50%

5%

 

Mid Semester Examination

Group/Individual Assignment

45 Marks

 

End Semester Examination

Group/Individual Assignment

50 Marks

 

BECO191B - ECONOMICS OF CORRUPTION (2019 Batch)

Total Teaching Hours for Semester:45
No of Lecture Hours/Week:3
Max Marks:100
Credits:3

Course Objectives/Course Description

 

This course is aimed at undergraduate students to introduce to them the prominent debates in the economics of corruption. The course discusses how corruption acts as a constraint on economic growth using the theoretical constructs in Political Economy. It allows students to delve into the causes and consequences of corruption. In particular, the course will examine how corruption affects the emerging economies.

This course will:

  • consider some of the seminal papers on the economics of corruption
  • acquaint students to significant debates about transparency, competition and privatization and its relevance to corruption
  • analyse corruption in emerging economies through various case studies
  • discuss issues from various perspectives, such as, viewing corruption as erosion of trust and abuse of power
  • train students to hone their writing and presentation skills to effectively discuss complex ideas.

Learning Outcome

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • appreciate that nuances in the way corruption is defined and understood in different economies
  • analyse the cause and  consequences of corruption
  • examine some of the policies reforms aimed at tackling corruption
  • investigate some impacts of corruption on emerging economies
  • effectively communicate complex ideas through written and oral presentation.

Unit-1
Teaching Hours:15
Corruption, Poor Governance and Institutional Structure
 

Causes and Consequences of Corruption: What do we know from a cross-section of countries?, Democratic Institutions and Corruption: Incentives and Constraints in Politics, Bargaining for Bribes: the Role of Institutions

Unit-2
Teaching Hours:15
Corruption and the Private Sector
 

The Privatization of Rent-Generating Industries and Corruption; Corruption in Private Sector, Why the private sector is likely to lead the next stage in the global fight against corruption.

Unit-3
Teaching Hours:15
Tackling Corruption
 

Corruption and Policy Reform; Anti-Corruption Authorities: An Effective Tool to Curb Corruption?  Corruption and Competition: Fair Markets as an Anticorruption Device

Text Books And Reference Books:

Auriol, E., & Straub, S. (2011). Privatization of Rent-generating Industries and Corruption. In S. Rose-Ackerman & T. Søreide, (Eds.). International Handbook on the Economics of Corruption, (Vol. 2). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Pub.

Burger, E. S., & Holland, M. S. (2006). Why the private sector is likely to lead the next stage in the global fight against corruption. Fordham International Law Journal, 30, 45.

Cartier-Bresson, J. (2000). Economics of corruption. Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. The OECD Observer, (220), 25.

Jain, A. K. (2001). Corruption: A Review. Journal of Economic Surveys, 15(1), 71-121.

Jain, A. K. (Ed.). (2012). Economics of Corruption (Vol. 65). Springer Science & Business Media.

Meschi, P. X. (2009). Government Corruption and Foreign Stakes in International Joint Ventures in Emerging Economies. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 26(2), 241-261.

Meyer, K. E., Estrin, S., Bhaumik, S. K., & Peng, M. W. (2009). Institutions, Resources, and Entry Strategies in Emerging Economies. Strategic Management Journal, 30(1), 61-80.

Nowakowski, K. (2010). Corruption in Private Sector.Economics and Law, 6(1), 345-360.

Rose-Ackerman, S. (1975). The Economics of Corruption. Journal of Public Economics, 4(2), 187-203.

Uhlenbruck, K., Rodriguez, P., Doh, J., & Eden, L. (2006). The Impact of Corruption on Entry Strategy: Evidence from Telecommunication Projects in Emerging Economies. Organization Science, 17(3), 402-414.

Essential Reading / Recommended Reading

The readings mentioned as essential are to be followed.

Evaluation Pattern