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The Political Economy of Development

Semester and Year SP 2012
Course Number IDSEM-UG1636
Section 001
Instructor Rosalind Fredericks
Days Tue,Thu
Time 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Units 4.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement SOC, GLOBAL


Why did Asian countries become economic tigers while African nations saw their economies shrink? This course provides an introduction to the political economy of international development in order to explore the historical origins of the uneven geographies of wealth we see today. Part 1 examines the most influential theories of development, distinguishing between "big D" Development as a post-war international project and "little D" development as a historical process of global capitalist transformation. Part 2 illuminates the key actors, institutions, and discourses of Development, through tracing the history of the Bretton Woods project, in relation to the history of capitalist development. Part 3 analyzes regional trajectories of socio-spatial change in theory and history through detailed case studies of Africa and East Asia. Finally, Part 4 examines key themes in contemporary development studies, including: environment, gender, and cities. Possible readings may include: James Ferguson, Michael Goldman, and Dambisa Moyo.



Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

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