International and Development Economics | HTW Berlin - PEP - Promoting Economic Pluralism

International and Development Economics | HTW Berlin

The Master’s in International and Development Economics is designed to enhance understanding of development economics, the international economic context in which socio-economic development takes place, and key sectors and policy areas that are relevant for developing countries.

How does the programme provide content to ensure students achieve an understanding of a reasonably diverse set of perspectives on understanding economies?

MIDE introduces students to both mainstream and alternative theories. This complexity involves a multidisciplinary approach that recognizes the interdependencies of economics, political, social and environmental dynamics. With core courses in Micro, Macro and International Economics as well as Theories of Development, students build a knowledge base during their first semester. During the 2nd semester, the programme offers a wide range of electives with a particular focus on social security, financial institutions and environmental issues that allows students to shape their specific profile. The third semester is mainly dedicated to an individual thesis project that requires students to connect what they have learned to real-world economic challenges, apply analytical tools and methods and articulate their arguments and conclusions.MIDE introduces students to both mainstream and alternative theories. This complexity involves a multidisciplinary approach that recognizes the interdependencies of economics, political, social and environmental dynamics. With core courses in Micro, Macro and International Economics as well as Theories of Development, students build a knowledge base during their first semester. During the 2nd semester, the programme offers a wide range of electives with a particular focus on social security, financial institutions and environmental issues that allows students to shape their specific profile. The third semester is mainly dedicated to an individual thesis project that requires students to connect what they have learned to real-world economic challenges, apply analytical tools and methods and articulate their arguments and conclusions.MIDE introduces students to both mainstream and alternative theories. This complexity involves a multidisciplinary approach that recognizes the interdependencies of economics, political, social and environmental dynamics. With core courses in Micro, Macro and International Economics as well as Theories of Development, students build a knowledge base during their first semester. During the 2nd semester, the programme offers a wide range of electives with a particular focus on social security, financial institutions and environmental issues that allows students to shape their specific profile. The third semester is mainly dedicated to an individual thesis project that requires students to connect what they have learned to real-world economic challenges, apply analytical tools and methods and articulate their arguments and conclusions.MIDE introduces students to both mainstream and alternative theories. This complexity involves a multidisciplinary approach that recognizes the interdependencies of economics, political, social and environmental dynamics. With core courses in Micro, Macro and International Economics as well as Theories of Development, students build a knowledge base during their first semester. During the 2nd semester, the programme offers a wide range of electives with a particular focus on social security, financial institutions and environmental issues that allows students to shape their specific profile. The third semester is mainly dedicated to an individual thesis project that requires students to connect what they have learned to real-world economic challenges, apply analytical tools and methods and articulate their arguments and conclusions.

How does the programme ensure students understand the interaction between economic and ecological systems?

The wide range of elective modules covered by our curriculum includes the course “Environmental and Resource Economics”. Students know major concepts, theoretical and statistical approaches, historical developments and current debates on environmental resources, their economic use and economic policy-measures aimed at their protection with a special focus on developing/transition countries. Further aspects of MIDE include social and financial sustainability and transformation.The wide range of elective modules covered by our curriculum includes the course “Environmental and Resource Economics”. Students know major concepts, theoretical and statistical approaches, historical developments and current debates on environmental resources, their economic use and economic policy-measures aimed at their protection with a special focus on developing/transition countries. Further aspects of MIDE include social and financial sustainability and transformation.The wide range of elective modules covered by our curriculum includes the course “Environmental and Resource Economics”. Students know major concepts, theoretical and statistical approaches, historical developments and current debates on environmental resources, their economic use and economic policy-measures aimed at their protection with a special focus on developing/transition countries. Further aspects of MIDE include social and financial sustainability and transformation.The wide range of elective modules covered by our curriculum includes the course “Environmental and Resource Economics”. Students know major concepts, theoretical and statistical approaches, historical developments and current debates on environmental resources, their economic use and economic policy-measures aimed at their protection with a special focus on developing/transition countries. Further aspects of MIDE include social and financial sustainability and transformation.

How does the programme ensure students understand how to critically explore real-world evidence, both qualitative and quantitative?

One of the main goals of the programme is the employability of our graduates. Students are therefore constantly encouraged to apply and critically review theories and class content to real economic challenges. The “Econometrics” course emphasizes skills and knowledge needed to critically read refereed journal articles with econometric contents and conduct empirical research. Students who want to further develop their quantitative skills can take “Advanced Applied Research Methods”. In this module, students will design, structure and conduct their own empirical research project within a clearly defined methodological area.

What pedagogical approaches does the programme use to ensure that students examine the historical context, assumptions and values in all economic thinking?

Productive, activating didactic concepts and methods are the focus of all teaching areas. The share of students' own activities in the form of presentations, case studies and group exercises increases with the application proximity of the modules, while in the more general-theoretical basic subjects the active participation of the students consists more in the discussion and more abstract application of the concepts and theories taught. The class size of only 40 students allows for a frank academic climate with room for discussions and students’ contribution of own experiences, perspectives and evaluations. International and multicultural working groups (students from 18-20 different countries) are an important resource, as the specific content-related and regional knowledge and experience of the students is deliberately drawn upon. Productive, activating didactic concepts and methods are the focus of all teaching areas. The share of students' own activities in the form of presentations, case studies and group exercises increases with the application proximity of the modules, while in the more general-theoretical basic subjects the active participation of the students consists more in the discussion and more abstract application of the concepts and theories taught. The class size of only 40 students allows for a frank academic climate with room for discussions and students’ contribution of own experiences, perspectives and evaluations. International and multicultural working groups (students from 18-20 different countries) are an important resource, as the specific content-related and regional knowledge and experience of the students is deliberately drawn upon. Productive, activating didactic concepts and methods are the focus of all teaching areas. The share of students' own activities in the form of presentations, case studies and group exercises increases with the application proximity of the modules, while in the more general-theoretical basic subjects the active participation of the students consists more in the discussion and more abstract application of the concepts and theories taught. The class size of only 40 students allows for a frank academic climate with room for discussions and students’ contribution of own experiences, perspectives and evaluations. International and multicultural working groups (students from 18-20 different countries) are an important resource, as the specific content-related and regional knowledge and experience of the students is deliberately drawn upon. Productive, activating didactic concepts and methods are the focus of all teaching areas. The share of students' own activities in the form of presentations, case studies and group exercises increases with the application proximity of the modules, while in the more general-theoretical basic subjects the active participation of the students consists more in the discussion and more abstract application of the concepts and theories taught. The class size of only 40 students allows for a frank academic climate with room for discussions and students’ contribution of own experiences, perspectives and evaluations. International and multicultural working groups (students from 18-20 different countries) are an important resource, as the specific content-related and regional knowledge and experience of the students is deliberately drawn upon.

How does the department ensure that the teaching culture and capacity to deliver economic pluralism are continually improving?

Our faculty is a multidisciplinary team of lecturers with varied pedagogical approaches who continuously develop contents and methodologies of the courses further. To broaden the perspective of our students, external researchers with high expertise in their chosen field are included as teaching staff. Exchange of ideas and values is further possible by inviting guest lecturers including excellent Alumni. The teaching staff are involved in scientific and/or application-oriented research and consulting projects and expert activities. The corresponding findings are incorporated into teaching, e.g. in the form of case studies. Regular evaluations, student feedback including two elected students speakers per intake and peer reviews ensure economic pluralism and a continuous improvement of the programme. Our faculty is a multidisciplinary team of lecturers with varied pedagogical approaches who continuously develop contents and methodologies of the courses further. To broaden the perspective of our students, external researchers with high expertise in their chosen field are included as teaching staff. Exchange of ideas and values is further possible by inviting guest lecturers including excellent Alumni. The teaching staff are involved in scientific and/or application-oriented research and consulting projects and expert activities. The corresponding findings are incorporated into teaching, e.g. in the form of case studies. Regular evaluations, student feedback including two elected students speakers per intake and peer reviews ensure economic pluralism and a continuous improvement of the programme. Our faculty is a multidisciplinary team of lecturers with varied pedagogical approaches who continuously develop contents and methodologies of the courses further. To broaden the perspective of our students, external researchers with high expertise in their chosen field are included as teaching staff. Exchange of ideas and values is further possible by inviting guest lecturers including excellent Alumni. The teaching staff are involved in scientific and/or application-oriented research and consulting projects and expert activities. The corresponding findings are incorporated into teaching, e.g. in the form of case studies. Regular evaluations, student feedback including two elected students speakers per intake and peer reviews ensure economic pluralism and a continuous improvement of the programme. Our faculty is a multidisciplinary team of lecturers with varied pedagogical approaches who continuously develop contents and methodologies of the courses further. To broaden the perspective of our students, external researchers with high expertise in their chosen field are included as teaching staff. Exchange of ideas and values is further possible by inviting guest lecturers including excellent Alumni. The teaching staff are involved in scientific and/or application-oriented research and consulting projects and expert activities. The corresponding findings are incorporated into teaching, e.g. in the form of case studies. Regular evaluations, student feedback including two elected students speakers per intake and peer reviews ensure economic pluralism and a continuous improvement of the programme.

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Our graduates are particularly well suited for positions in government departments, banks, consultancies, multinational firms, chambers of commerce, universities and other educational institutions.A one-stop service concept is available from a dedicated programme office throughout the duration of studies - from application to graduation, even extending to alumni support. Furthermore, students travel for a three day seminar in “Intercultural Training and Conflict Resolution”. During our excursion to Geneva students visit UNCTAD WTO, ILO and UNHCR and learn more about the work of these organizations. Extra-curricular courses (i.e. Academic Writing Skills, language courses)  complement the service for our students. A scholarship from the German Academic Exchange service is available for professionals from developing countries. Our graduates are particularly well suited for positions in government departments, banks, consultancies, multinational firms, chambers of commerce, universities and other educational institutions.A one-stop service concept is available from a dedicated programme office throughout the duration of studies - from application to graduation, even extending to alumni support. Furthermore, students travel for a three day seminar in “Intercultural Training and Conflict Resolution”. During our excursion to Geneva students visit UNCTAD WTO, ILO and UNHCR and learn more about the work of these organizations. Extra-curricular courses (i.e. Academic Writing Skills, language courses)  complement the service for our students. A scholarship from the German Academic Exchange service is available for professionals from developing countries. Our graduates are particularly well suited for positions in government departments, banks, consultancies, multinational firms, chambers of commerce, universities and other educational institutions.A one-stop service concept is available from a dedicated programme office throughout the duration of studies - from application to graduation, even extending to alumni support. Furthermore, students travel for a three day seminar in “Intercultural Training and Conflict Resolution”. During our excursion to Geneva students visit UNCTAD WTO, ILO and UNHCR and learn more about the work of these organizations. Extra-curricular courses (i.e. Academic Writing Skills, language courses)  complement the service for our students. A scholarship from the German Academic Exchange service is available for professionals from developing countries. Our graduates are particularly well suited for positions in government departments, banks, consultancies, multinational firms, chambers of commerce, universities and other educational institutions.A one-stop service concept is available from a dedicated programme office throughout the duration of studies - from application to graduation, even extending to alumni support. Furthermore, students travel for a three day seminar in “Intercultural Training and Conflict Resolution”. During our excursion to Geneva students visit UNCTAD WTO, ILO and UNHCR and learn more about the work of these organizations. Extra-curricular courses (i.e. Academic Writing Skills, language courses)  complement the service for our students. A scholarship from the German Academic Exchange service is available for professionals from developing countries.

Abraham Delgado

15/03/2021

An outstandingly well-balanced and multicultural program comprising a strong base in Economics and a Sustainable Development component that prepares students for real world challenges in a variety of fields including government, banking, NGOs and multinational firms.

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Melissa Sánchez

15/03/2021

This programme allowed me to develop a solid theoretical economic foundation while combining it with real world socio-economic case studies, particularly in developing countries. Students are also exposed to a multicultural environment where different views and experiences lead to an interesting debate in class. Another of the strengths of this programme are the group presentations, which help students to develop social skills that will later be valued at the workplace.

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Matin Karimi

19/03/2021

MIDE is a unique program for its blended approach of incorporating the mainstream and unorthodox economic theories and development policies. During my studies, I have learned tremendously from the case studies, group presentations, and excursions. In a nutshell, I would describe MIDE as an eye-opener to the complex world that cannot be understood merely with the mainstream economic theories and development policies.

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Germany

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HTW Berlin

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International and Development Economics

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Taught Masters

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International and Development Economics | HTW Berlin

International and Development Economics