Summer Timetable

POL447H1F L0101

Political Economy of Development


This course offers students the opportunity to rethink Western-oriented methods of inquiry and theories, which in turn allows them to rethink dominant conceptions of knowledge and normativity in International Development theory. Utilizing Critical Theory perspectives, the course aims to deconstruct the theoretical debates, and practices, taking place in the political economy of development. It is organized in roughly four sections: Part I introduces the ontology and epistemology of “development” research. Part II interrogates the main theoretical issues and debates. Part III focuses on the economic, political, and social implications of development policies in the “Third world”. Part IV assesses the applicability of alternative development models. The seminar will be driven by student participation and discussion. Emphasis during the seminar will be on critical interpretation of assigned readings through the active participation of students in classroom dialogue and debate. Useful participation will be informed by knowledge of the readings and a willingness to share doubts as well as certainties.


Required readings will be available through Course Reserve/Short Term Loan on 4th Floor of Robarts Library or electronic journals accessible through University of Toronto Library System.

Format and Requirements

Course evaluation will include at least three written submissions and active, informed participation in class discussions. Details of grade distribution TBA.


POL201Y1 / POL215Y1 / POL301Y1 / POL305Y1; minimum 14 credits