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Spring 2012-2013
SOC 235 (SA)  

Globalization and Development

Besnik Pula

The course examines the meaning and nature of development in a globalizing world. Topics include global inequality and underdevelopment, the role of states, social movements and international institutions in development, and the uneven benefits of globalization. The course reviews critical approaches such as dependency, world-systems, and comparative institutional perspectives, while examining development theories and practices in the context of historical social change since 1945, including most recently globalization, crisis, and China's dramatic rise.

Sample reading list:
Philip McMichael, Development and Social Change: A Global Perspective
J. Timmons Roberts & Amy Hite, From Modernization to Globalization: Perspectives
Robert Hunter Wade, "What Strategies for Developing Countries Today?
Dani Rodrik, "The New Global Economy and Developing Countries"
Giovanni Arrighi, Beverly J. Silver, "Industrial Convergence, Globalization, and the Persistence"

Reading/Writing assignments:
A student project using perspectives learned in the course to examine a development project or policy carried out by a government, non-governmental organization or international institution

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 30%
Final Exam - 30%
Design Project - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42938 L01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm T Th   McCosh Hall   4   Enrolled:9 Limit:25
P01 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm Th   Friend Center   304   Enrolled:9 Limit:15