Political Economy of Developing Countries|
LAST 271, EAST 271|
|Certificates: International Relations|
This course explores the political economy of development, with a special focus on poverty reduction. We discuss the meaning of development, compare Latin American to East Asian development strategies (focusing on Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, South Korea, and Taiwan), examine poverty-reduction initiatives in individual countries (including Bangladesh, Chile, and Tanzania), and evaluate approaches to famine prevention and relief. Throughout the course, we pay close attention to the role of procedural democracy, gender relations, market forces, and public action in promoting or inhibiting development.
Coursework will involve, for example, calculation of the UN Human Development Index and evaluation of alternative indicators of affluence, inequality, and poverty. Research designs and term papers will require cross-national comparison of quantitative development data.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS-Polit Econ)(CIR)(EDST-MN)(GOVT)(GOVT-Comparativ)(GOVT-Intl.)(LAST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
United Nations Development Programme, Human Development Report 2010
Amartya Sen, Development as Freedom
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two examinations, one covering the first half of the course and one covering the second half. Research project involving research design and term paper. Daily 3x5 file card with a quotation/short comment on the readings for each class session.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students who wish to be eligible to register for the course during Drop/Add should add themselves to the enrollment request system during pre-registration. Enrollment request preference rankings will be one factor considered in making Drop/Add period registration decisions.
|Instructor(s): McGuire,James W. Times: ..T.R.. 10:30AM-11:50AM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 25||SR major: 10||JR major: 9|| || |
|Seats Available: -10||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: 2||FR: 0|
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