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Code ECON 521
Term 201502
Title Education Economics and Policy
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject Economics(ECON)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 10.00
Instructor(s) Alpay Filiztekin alpayf@sabanciuniv.edu,
Detailed Syllabus
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Doctoral
Master
Type of Course Click here to view.
Prerequisites
(only for SU students)
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Mode of Delivery Formal lecture,Interactive lecture
Planned Learning Activities Interactive,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Case Study
Content

The role and value of education in the economy; human capital accumulation and economic growth; private and public financing of education; private and social returns to education; schooling quality and educational production; access to education; signaling; non-pecuniary benefits of education; income distribution, equality and social cohesion; performance management and indicators in the education sector, public intervention tools (vouchers, conditional cash transfers, loans).

Objective

The objective of this course is to provide an introduction to economic analysis of the investment in and provision of education, as well as evaluation of education policies. Theoretical models of an individual's decision to attain any level of education and a society's consideration to finance education will be discussed and linked to empirical evidence.

Learning Outcome

Course-Specific Skills:
On completion of the course, students should be able to
a) understand to what extent human capital formation and thus education improves welfare of a society.
b) discover existing and potential problems for individuals to acquire a better education
c) gain an appreciation of the problems faced by policy makers
d) understand the methods of applied and theoretical economics in the context of the provision and demand for education and training.
e) apply theoretical and quantitative methods to the analysis of current and historical educational policies
Individual and Key Skills:
a) develop skills of reading papers concerning the issues of education,
b) prepare critical presentations of the papers written by others,
c) investigate a problem of their choosing in depth.

Programme Outcomes
 
1 Develop and deepen the current and advanced knowledge in the field with original thought and/or research and come up with innovative definitions based on Master's degree qualifications
2 Conceive the interdisciplinary interaction which the field is related with ; come up with original solutions by using knowledge requiring proficiency on analysis, synthesis and assessment of new and complex ideas.
3 Evaluate and use new information within the field in a systematic approach.
4 Develop an innovative knowledge, method, design and/or practice or adapt an already known knowledge, method, design and/or practice to another field; research, conceive, design, adapt and implement an original subject.
5 Critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation of new and complex ideas.
6 Gain advanced level skills in the use of research methods in the field of study.
7 Contribute the progression in the field by producing an innovative idea, skill, design and/or practice or by adapting an already known idea, skill, design, and/or practice to a different field independently.
8 Broaden the borders of the knowledge in the field by producing or interpreting an original work or publishing at least one scientific paper in the field in national and/or international refereed journals.
9 Demonstrate leadership in contexts requiring innovative and interdisciplinary problem solving.
10 Develop new ideas and methods in the field by using high level mental processes such as creative and critical thinking, problem solving and decision making.
11 Investigate and improve social connections and their conducting norms and manage the actions to change them when necessary.
12 Defend original views when exchanging ideas in the field with professionals and communicate effectively by showing competence in the field.
13 Ability to communicate and discuss orally, in written and visually with peers by using a foreign language at least at a level of European Language Portfolio C1 General Level.
14 Contribute to the transition of the community to an information society and its sustainability process by introducing scientific, technological, social or cultural improvements.
15 Demonstrate functional interaction by using strategic decision making processes in solving problems encountered in the field.
16 Contribute to the solution finding process regarding social, scientific, cultural and ethical problems in the field and support the development of these values.
1 Develop the ability to use critical, analytical, and reflective thinking and reasoning
2 Reflect on social and ethical responsibilities in his/her professional life.
3 Gain experience and confidence in the dissemination of project/research outputs
4 Work responsibly and creatively as an individual or as a member or leader of a team and in multidisciplinary environments.
5 Communicate effectively by oral, written, graphical and technological means and have competency in English.
6 Independently reach and acquire information, and develop appreciation of the need for continuously learning and updating.
1 Develop a thorough knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in the field and apply them in research design and data analysis.
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level.
3 Know how to access written and visual, primary and secondary sources of information, interpret concepts and data from a variety of sources in developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary analyses.
1 Design and model engineering systems and processes and solve engineering problems with an innovative approach.
2 Establish experimental setups, conduct experiments and/or simulations.
3 Analytically acquire and interpret data.
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Final 30
Term-Paper 30
Written Report 20
Presentation 20