CPOL 2255 International Development

This course seeks to offer a comprehensive introduction to some of the key theoretical and conceptual issues and debates that have become central to the study of politics of development in the global south. It proceeds from the notion that that human development outcomes must be understood in relation to the broader social, political, economic and historical contexts within which they are produced.

The course is thus divided into two halves. In the first half, the course concentrates on the evolution of the major theoretical approaches that have attempted to explain the social, economic and political experiences of the countries of the global south. The course then moves on to a more focused examination of some of the key themes and debates involved in the analysis of contemporary political processes in the global south.

Over the course of the term, it is my hope that students will not only become familiarized with the key issues and theories in both the historical and contemporary study of development politics, but will also be able to develop the theoretical tools to critically engage with contemporary political developments.



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