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Course Title: POLITICS OF THE DEVELOPING WORLD
This course will consist of a broad survey of the political and economic issues facing the developing world. This will include an in-depth look at the impact of colonialism, imperialism, and neo/economic imperialism that will include critical examinations of how various theoretical perspectives critically address the effects these issues have had on the developing world. Such theoretical perspectives will include modernization/stage theory, dependency theory, world systems theory, underdevelopment, and dependent development. Following examinations of colonialism and theory, specific issues will be examined. Such issues include; disease, poverty, hunger, environmental degradation, ethnic conflict, human rights, security, and gender. The focus will be on how both developed and developing nations politically and economically deal with such issues. Much of the discussion of these issues will be conducted within the framework of understanding the impact of the political and economic policies of western Europe, the united states, and international organizations such as the U.N., IMF, WTO, and the World Bank on developing nations.