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Christine L. Williams, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Spring 2008

SOC 324K • Social Change in Developing Nations

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46525 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
WAG 420

Course Description

This course examines social change broadly defined. In the first part of the semester we study theories of economic development. We compare patterns of economic growth in contemporary developing countries to those of industrialized countries in earlier historical periods. We also consider the relation between economic development and the type of political regime. Next, we discuss theories of social movements and revolutions. We examine the origins of peasant rebellions as well as urban political movements.

The readings for the course are drawn from some of the most important works on the subject in the last several decades. We will not be using a textbook since an objective of the course is to teach students to read sociological arguments in their original form (it takes some practice to be able to read journal articles and original monographs).

Grading Policy

The final grade for the course will be based on a midterm and a final exam, each worth 50% of the final grade. The midterm exam will be given out over two regular class hours in order to allow students more time to answer questions. Approximately half of the questions will be given out each day. Students should take note of the exam dates in the course schedule below since no make-up exams will be given (see notes below).

Exams will be largely (probably entirely) based on essay questions where students will be asked to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the readings and an ability to integrate the course material.


Theda Skocpol, States and Social Revolutions, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979
Doug McAdam, Political Process and the Development of Black Insurgency, 1930-1970, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982
A reading packet is available from Abel's Copies, 715D West 23rd Street, 472-5353


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