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)(CEAS-Polit Econ)(CGST-MN)(EDST)(GOVT)(GOVT-Comparativ)(GOVT-Intl.)(LAST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Amartya Sen, Development as Freedom (1999)
United Nations Development Programme, HUMAN DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2009 (2009)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Research project (involving research design and 10-12 page term paper); two exams, one covering the first half of the course and one covering the second half; daily 3x5 file card with a quotation/short comment on the readings for each class session (not onerous, but relentless -- gotta do the readings for this course!).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Familiarity with macroeconomics recommended.
|Instructor(s): McGuire,James W. Times: ..T.R.. 10:30AM-11:50AM; Location: PAC422; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 25||SR major: 10||JR major: 11|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 4||FR: 0|
|Web Resources: Syllabus |
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