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Teacher Economics – World Development


This course is the online version of the FTE’s 2014 Professional Teachers Association “World Bank Conference” held in Washington, D.C. from March 27-29, 2014.  The conference was designed to examine how economies develop and how institutional “rules of the game” impact efforts to draw developing nations out of poverty.  Speakers included Dr. John Wallis, of the University of Maryland, noted for his research and writing on institutions and social order.  Dr. David Dollar, of the Brookings Institute, provided an analysis of China’s progress in reducing poverty, based on his research and experiences in China with the World Bank.  Evaluation of the effectiveness of foreign aid was the subject of the lecture by Dr. Chris Coyne, George Mason University professor and author of Doing Bad by Doing Good – Why Humanitarian Action Fails.

TE-WD is intended for teachers as adult learners desiring to increase their own understanding of policies to reduce poverty and to spur economic growth and development. The focus is on content knowledge rather than pedagogy.

Course Specifics:

  • Registration Fee: $125
  • Course Length: 6 weeks
  • Curriculum: lectures, powerpoints, and lessons that include scholarly readings, written assignments and discussion problems.
  • Pre-requisites:  none
  • Registration: 30 students per section, first-come, first-served, based on receipt of deposit
  • Optional graduate credit: 1.5 sem. hrs. graduate credit – University of Colorado, Colorado Springs – $183