Admission BSS

Curriculum for

BSS (Hons) in Economics Program

Economics Discipline

Social Science School

 Khulna University

Preamble

The developing countries are continuously struggling to attain a better standard of living for their people. Bangladesh has already passed more than four decades since her independence. But the country still needs to go a long way to ensure a decent standard of living for its people. To move ahead, a trained economist well equipped with knowledge and ideas can best contribute in utilizing resources of the country properly. The south-western region of Bangladesh has a natural resource base. An economist with his or her innovative knowledge can play an important role for an efficient utilization of the available resources. The Economics Discipline of Khulna University has been trying to play a dominant role in this regard.

Khulna University, the outcome of a long-drawn movement of the people of south-western region of Bangladesh, has launched different disciplines under different schools with the passage of time. In this chronology, Economics Discipline under Social Science School of the University started its journey through offering a four-year Bachelor of Social Science (BSS) Honors degree in Economics since 1999. In addition to that honors degree, the Discipline is currently offering a 1.5 years Master of Social Science (MSS) degree in Economics and a 16 months (4 terms) Masters of Development Studies (MDS) degree with the aim of addressing the development issues of the south-western region of Bangladesh.

The Discipline is committed to produce skilled professional economists who will be best suited to the challenging world of the new millennium. Syllabus modification is an important milestone for attaining that commitment. Hence, from time to time, attempts have been made to upgrade the contents of the syllabi of the ongoing programs to enrich them with the aim of producing quality product to meet the emerging challenges of national and international economies.

Modification of syllabi, no doubt, is a huge task involving merit, time, effort and money. The present version of modified syllabi is the result of such a combined venture through the support from the Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP) of University Grants Commission (UGC) under the auspices of World Bank and the Government of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh. Hence, Economics Discipline of Khulna University expresses heartfelt gratitude and conveys thanks to University Grants Commission (UGC), World Bank and the Government of Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh.

1. Program Name:

Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) in Economics

2. Vision:

The vision of the program is to face the challenges and utilize the advantages of economic globalization through building up a knowledge-based economy aimed at achieving academic excellence.

3. Mission:

The mission of this program is to produce competent graduates equipped with both theoretical and research based knowledge on new and cutting-edge insights in the field of agriculture, industry, environment, money and banking, international trade and other economic issues to face the challenges and utilize the advantages of globalization for achieving sustainable development with special focus on the south-west region of Bangladesh.  

4. Program Objectives:

The program is intended to produce high quality graduates who are intellectually and technically competent in building careers in various fields of economics.  The objectives of the program are to:

  • Provide basic understanding of economic theory and analytical tools that can be used in economic decision making process.
  • Facilitate learners’ linking economic theories and practice with a view to solving real life problems and contributing to socio-economic and community development.
  • Promote understanding of national and international economic problems and framing policy in the field of agriculture, industry, environment and other economic sectors.
  • Nurture a stimulating academic environment through exchange and research collaboration with renowned scholars and professionals.
  • Cultivate principles of ethics and social responsibility in the mind set of students.
  • Place special focus on diagnosing the economy of the south-west region of Bangladesh.
  • Comply with employability needs to meet demands for high-quality graduates.

5. Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the program the students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate economic concepts, theories, models, and data analysis techniques to appraise Bangladesh economy with special focus on the south-west region of Bangladesh.
  • Analyze the root causes and probable solutions to existing problems in the economy of Bangladesh, through applying theoretical and analytical framework of economics.
  • Evaluate alternative solutions to an economic problem through using appropriate analytical framework and select the optimum one.
  • Appraise current economic events from both local and global perspective.
  • Identify the behavior of different economic agents and chalk out optimum practice for community and societal development.
  • Make students engaged in independent learning through involvement in different research and project works.
  • Help developing partnership with different stakeholders to address regional development issues.
  • Internalize the normative aspects and ethical values of economic decision making and actively apply those at personal and community level.
  • Exercise the qualities of scholarly attainment, sense of responsibility and accountability in the familial, professional, and social environment.
  • Develop skills to handle independent research and deliver effective presentations.
  • Expand the frontier of acquired knowledge through further independent learning, and, thus, add to existing knowledge bank.

6. Course structure:

Program duration                                                        : 4 Years

Number of terms                                                         : 08

Term duration                                                              : 21 Weeks

Total number of credit available                                  : 187.5

Minimum credit to be earned                                       : 136

Minimum credit to be earned from core courses         : 111                      

Minimum credit to be earned from optional courses   : 25


Summary of Credit Distribution:

6.1.1: Credit Distribution by Subject Area of Courses

Area of Study

Theory

Sessional/

Field Work

Total

Total

Core

Optional

Core

Optional

Core

Optional

Arts and Humanities

3

-

-

-

3

-

3

Sociology

3

-

-

-

3

-

3

Political Science

3

-

-

-

3

-

3

Business Administration

-

9

-

-

-

9

9

Information Technology

-

3

-

1.5

-

4.5

4.5

Computer Science

-

-

3

-

3

-

3

Principles of Economics

12

-

-

-

12

-

12

Mathematics/Statistics

12

3

8

2

20

5

25

Econometrics

-

6

-

4

-

10

10

Bangladesh Economy

6

-

1.5

-

7.5

-

7.5

Economics  of different Sectors (agriculture, industry, institutional, region)

6

6

1.5

-

7.5

6

13.5

Demography

-

3

-

-

-

3

3

Development Issues and Planning

9

9

1.5

-

10.5

9

19.5

Poverty

-

3

-

-

-

3

3

Project Management

3

-

-

-

3

-

3

Environment, Climate Change and Disaster Management

3

6

-

-

3

6

9

Money, Trade, Finance, Globalization and International Cooperation

15

3

3

-

18

3

21

Research

3

-

7.5

-

10.5

-

10.5

Others

6

18

1

-

7

18

25

Total

84

69

27

7.5

111

76.5

187.5

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