Fall/Winter Timetable

POL2408H1F L0101

The Political Economy of International Development

Themes

This course explores the political economy of development strategies within the context of neoliberal globalization. It focuses on both the evolving market-oriented approaches and alternative development strategies. Case studies drawn from Latin America, Asia and Africa examine the design, implementation, and performance of the various development models. This course is restricted to graduate students.

Texts

The following are some of the books that will be heavily used in the course: David Harvey, A Brief History of Neoliberalism (2005); Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation (2001[1944]); Atul Kohli, Poverty amid Plenty in the New India (2012), and R. Sandbrook, Reinventing the Left in the Global South (2014).

Format and Requirements

This is a seminar course in which one-third of the sessions are introduced by the instructor and two-thirds by students. Participants will make one oral presentation, prepare two brief (two-page) critical reflections on key readings, and write one essay (due after the end of classes) that reflects on one of the key themes of the course