LAS 325 • 2-SOCL CHANGE IN DEVEL NATIONS
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
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).