Fall 2007 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: Civil Society, the State, and Development in the Global South
Instructor(s): Gary Hawes
Course: P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 65570
Day & Time: Tuesdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 103
Waitlist Information:Kristen Hotopp,
khotopp@austin.utexas.edu

This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: In this course we will analyze patterns of political and economic development in the Global South. A topic of special interest will be the role that civil society plays in national development and processes of social reform. The course will be comparative in the sense that our analysis of development and the role of civil society will be grounded in the contrasted experience of individual countries. Where necessary for a better understanding of patterns of development and the nature of civil society we will look at the historical record of the North, but the focus of this course is not on the United States or other OECD countries.

Civil society will be studied in this course, not as a sector to be measured, described, and analyzed; but rather as a set of actors that engages with the state, organizes citizens for social change, and seeks to make rights ? both human rights and economic, social, and cultural rights ? concrete for all. Within this broad approach we will be learning more about the membership, aspirations, advocacy strategies and impacts of social movements, nongovernmental organizations, labor unions, peasant organizations and other civic associations.

At the end of the course we should expect to have a clearer understanding of what has been done in the Global South to successfully spur economic growth, to reduce inequality and alleviate human suffering, and to design and deliver effective social services to those in need. We should also gain insights into how state and civil society can collaborate to bring their respective strengths and comparative advantages to these tasks.

Most class sessions will be organized as seminar-style discussions of readings. Each member of the seminar will be responsible for leading some class discussions and everyone will be expected to read assignments in advance and to fully participate in classroom discussions. Final grades will be based on a mid-term exam (30%), class participation (30%), and a research paper (40%). The research paper will be presented orally in class and submitted in written form by the end of the semester.

Gary Hawes is a visiting scholar from the Ford Foundation, where he served as a program officer. His current research interests include analyzing the role of civil society organizations in the development, reform, and implementation of public policy. He received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii and a B.S. from Mankato State University in Social Studies

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