Politics of Development: Issues and Controversies
This course critically analyzes the politics of development in the global periphery. It discusses issues and country cases that span Asia, Africa and Latin America. It attempts to maintain a balance between abstract notions and theories of development, on the one hand, and real-world issues and challenges in development politics, on the other. The first part of the course focuses on the conceptual, historical, and theoretical background to the study of development and underdevelopment. It also considers how the evolving global economy, international governance institutions, and foreign aid and debt affect the various regions of the developing world. The second semester shifts the focus from these broad global-level debates on development to specific challenges developing countries typically confront at the national and local levels, including the promise - and challenges - of democratization, land/rural issues and food security, Global health determinants, civil conflicts, human rights, environmental sustainability, gender equality and migration.
Format and Requirements
One two-hour lecture per week; tutorials roughly every other week. Course requirements TBA
1.0 POL credit or 4.0 full course equivalents