Independent Study (ECON 399)

2023 Spring
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Özgür Kıbrıs, Erdal Aydın, Cavit Baran,
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Project based learning,Guided discovery
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This course allows students to explore an area of academic interest not currently covered in regular course offerings. Under the supervision of a faculty member, students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning, including developing together a reading list and forms of evaluation. Students must receive the approval of a supervisor faculty member prior to enrollment.


The purpose of this course is to encourage students do undertake a semester long research on a topic not covered in regular course offerings, under the supervision of a faculty member.


  • On completion of the module, students should be able to a) pose an interesting question, b) write an extensive literature survey on the issue, c) form a simple model to explain the phenomenon in question, d) identify possible alternative solutions, e) present their conclusion to a group of faculty members and fellow students who may or may not be familiar with the issue at hand.


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 5

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 5

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 5

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 5

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 5

1. Develop knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in humanities and social sciences. 5

2. Assess how global, national and regional developments affect society. 5

3. Know how to access and evaluate data from various sources of information. 5

1. Provide constructive analysis of economic phenomena at the national and international level, and interactions between the two. 5

2. Develop an understanding of organizations and institutions in the society as well as their influence on the economy. 5

3. Recognize how incentives shape the behavior of individuals and organizations. 5

4. Identify "economic" problems and propose alternative models and/or design and conduct research to provide viable solutions using theoretical tools and/or quantitative methods. 5

5. Communicate problems and solutions to managerial and policy decision-making units as well as to lay audiences. 5


  Percentage (%)
Written Report 70
Presentation 30


Optional Readings

Due to specific nature of the course, reading lists are compiled by students based on the issue they are investigating.