Materials
 
Requirements
 
Schedule
 
Course Info
Home



Problems of Political Development

POL 321


 

Schedule

Jan. 21 Introduction  
 

No Reading

 
     
Jan. 23 Images and Voices from the South  
 

*Jeremy Seabrook, In the Cities of the South, pp. 80-5, 195-209,217- 25

 
  *Hazel Johnson, Third World Lives of Struggle, Selections  
  Development Thought Paper due  
     
Jan. 26 The Development "Problem"  
*The World Bank: World Development Report 2000, selected indicators  
*UNDP, Human Development Report, Human Development Index  
  *Bob Sutcliffe, 100 Ways of Seeing an Unequal World  
     
Jan 28 Defining Development  
  McMichael, Development and Social Change, Introduction  
 

Peet, Theories of Development, pp. 1-11

 
     
Jan. 30 History of the Development Enterprise (I)  
  *Michela Wrong, In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz, pp.  
     
Feb. 2 History of the Development Enterprise (II)  
  McMichael, Development and Social Change, pp. 2-24  
     
Theoretical Considerations
 
 
Feb. 4 Modernization  

Peet, Theories of Development, ch. 3

 
  • Country Profile Due
 
     
Feb. 6 Modernization (II)  
  Video: TBA  
     
Feb. 9 Culture and Rationality  
*Lawrence Harrison, "Underdevelopment is a State of Mind"  
  Rich, Mortgaging the Earth, ch. 8  
Video: Nissan Pathfinder  
     
Feb. 11 Dependency and World Systems Theory  
  Peet, Theories of Development, ch. 4  
     
Feb. 13 Feminism  
  Peet, Theories of Development, ch. 6  
  McMichael, Development and Social Change, pp. 262-5  
   
Feb. 16 Dissident Voices  
  Peet, Theories of Development, ch. 5  
  *Nanda Shrestha, "Becoming a Development Category, in Crush, ed., Power of Development  
   
Agents of Development and Underdevelopment
 
     
Feb. 18 Multilateral Institutions (I)  
  McMichael, Development and Social Change, 39-45  
Rich, Mortgaging the Earth, chs 1-4  
     
Feb. 20 Multilateral Institutions (II)  
  Rich, Mortgaging the Earth, ch. 7  
  Video: Our Friends at the Bank  
     
Feb. 23 Multilateral Institutions (III)  
  Case 1: Gregory P. Corning, "Managing the Asian Meltdown: The IMF and South Korea"  
     
Feb. 25 Multinational Corporations (I)  
  McMichael, Development and Social Change, pp. 86-114  
  Paul Krugman, "In Praise of Cheap Labor"  
     
Feb. 27 Multinational Corporations (II)  
  Simulation: IBM and Mexico  
     
March 1 States  
  McMichael, Development and Social Change, pp. 24-36; 47-51; 63-9  
 
  • Case 1 paper due
 
     
March 3 Midterm Exam  
     
 
Contemporary Issues in Development
 
     
March 5 Pursuing National Development: NICs and Would-be NICS  
  *Gary Gereffi, "Rethinking Development Theory: Insights from Latin America and East Asia"  
  McMichael, Development and Social Change, pp. 74-86  
     
March 8 Pursuing National Development (II): NAFTA and After  
  *Charles Bowden, "Nafta: While You Were Sleeping" Harper's  
Economic Policy Institute, Briefing Paper, "Nafta at Seven"  
  McMichael, Development and Social Change , 167-8; 191-7  
  Video: Trade Secrets: the Hidden Costs of the FTAA  
     
March 10 Globalization, Debt and Development  
  McMichael, Development and Social Change pp. 123-40; 152-5; 158-65  
  Drop the Debt  
     
March 12 China and Manufacturing  
  New York Times: "The World's Sweatshop"  
     
March 15-21 Spring Break: No Class  
   
March 22 Commodities and Exploitation  
  Chocolate (Global Exchange)  
     
March 24 The Politics of Water Privatization  
  William Finnegan, "Leasing the Rain," The New Yorker  
 
  • Industry Paper Due
 
     
March 26 Coffee  
  Video: Coffee Country (Frontline World)  
  McMichael, pp. 280-1  
     
March 29 Aid  
  Center for Global Development: Commitment to Development Index  
  *William Easterly, The Elusive Quest for Growth, excerpts  
     
April 2 Direct to the Poor: Micro-loans  
  The Grameen Bank Web Site  
  Video: TBA  
 
  • Papers Due
 
     
April 5 Agriculture and Food Security  
  McMichael, pp. 54-67; 100-110; 203-9  
     
April 7 Health  
McMichael, pp. 221-3  
  *Sen, Development as Freedom, chs. 7-9  
  Oxfam, UK, "South Africa vs. The Drug Giants"  
     
April 9 Dams and Development  
  Video: TBA  
     
April 12 Development, Authoritarianism, and Democracy (I)  
Case 2: Paul C. Sondrol, "Power Play in Paraguay: The Rise and Fall of General Alfredo Stroessner"  
     
April 14 Development, Authoritarianism, and Democracy (II)  
Samuel Huntington, "After Twenty Years: The Future of the Third Wave"  
Sen, Development as Freedom, chs. 1, 6  
   
April 16 Culture and Democracy  
  Case 3: Mark Tessler and Lori Brand, "Democracy and Islam in Arab Politics,"  
     
April 19 No Class  
 
  • Case 2 Paper due
 
     
April 21 Development and the Limits of the Earth (I)  
Case 4: Mark Montgomery, "Sustainable Development or Environmental Imperialism: Guinea-Bissau and the Hazardous Waste Trade  
   
April 23 Development and the Limits of the Earth (II)  
  Rich, Mortgaging the Earth, ch. 6  
*Vandana Shiva, Staying Alive, Introduction and ch. 1  
  • Case 3 Paper due
 
     
April 26 Population  
  * Sen, ch.  
     
April 28 Confronting Development in the 21st Century  
 

Video: Life and Debt

 
 
  • Case 4 Paper due
 
     
April 30 An Alternative Development?  
  McMichael, pp. 270-80  
  *Martin Minogue and Uma Kothari, "Conclusion: Orthodoxy and its Alternatives in Contemporary Development," in Kothari and Minogue, eds., Development Theory and Practice: Critical Perspectives  
     
May 3 Course Wrap-up and Review  
  No Reading  
     
May 8 Final Exam  
  2-4 p.m.