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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Fall 2009

GOV 365N • Issues in Third World Development

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39253 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
BAT 5.102
Hunter, W

Course Description

Why are developing countries still so impoverished? Why are income disparities in the world still so pronounced? Why are some countries progressing and others not or much less so? Focusing on these basic questions, this course provides an introduction to issues in Third World development and politics. After analyzing some of the objective indicators of underdevelopment as well as gaining a greater appreciation of the subjective experiences of poverty and marginality, we will examine a number of economic, sociological and political frameworks for understanding some of the major constraints to and opportunities for advancement in developing societies.


Collier, The Bottom Billion, Oxford 1st 978-0195373997 Handelman and Howard, The Challenge of Third World Development, Pearson 5th 978-0136054771 Scott, The Moral Economy of the Peasant, Yale 978-0300021905 Beah, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux 1st 978-0374531263


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