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Administrative Unit: History and Political Science Department
Course Prefix and Number: POSC 321
Course Title: Politics of Developing Nations
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

This course examines theories and processes of political, economic and social development in the Global South. Course meets multicultural graduation requirement.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):


Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Odd Fall

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most recent edition of any of the following are recommended as a required text:

Challenges of the Developing World
By Handelman, Howard (Rowman & Littlefield)
Politics and Culture in the Developing World
By Payne, Richard and Jamal Nassar (Routledge)
Comparative Politics of the Third World: Linking Concepts and Cases
By Green, December and Laura Luehrmann (Rienner)
Developing World Annual Edition
By Burnell, Peter and Randall, Vicky (Oxford)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain how development is measured and assess the development challenges facing countries of the Global South
  2. Assess theories of political and economic development as they apply to the developing world.
  3. Analyze Development Strategies
  4. Explain sources of conflict in the developing world, particularly ethnic conflict, and ways to resolve it.
  5. Explain the causes and consequences of military intervention in politics.
  6. Explain the role of religion in Third World societies.
  7. Explain the role of women in Third World societies
  8. Integrate appropriate secondary sources into an analysis of contemporary politics within the developing world.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Defining economic, political and social development and the current state of development in the Global South
  • The impact of colonialism on the developing world
  • Theories of economic and political development, including modernization theory and dependency theory
  • Strategies for economic development
  • The impact of foreign aid and trade on the developing world
  • Applying theories of democratic transition to the developing world
  • Relationship between religion and development
  • Religious fundamentalism in the developing world
  • Sources of ethnic conflict and methods of resolution
  • The political and socioeconomic status of women in the developing world
  • The role of women in economic development
  • The causes and consequences of military intervention in politics
  • The relationship between economic development and the environment

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Brian Kessel Date: November 29, 2016
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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