Political Science | Development Probs in the Third World
Y343 | 3419 | Stryker


	The Third World encompasses three-quarters of humankind across more
than 120 countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America.  The Third World also
demarcates a field of political-economic study (development and
underdevelopment) and a domain of ethical concern (global poverty and
inequality).  This is not an area studies course but an exploration of major
contemporary development problems across regions, including a set of case
studies (Peru, India, Sub-Saharan Africa).
	The objectives of the course are empathetic, analytical and
prescriptive.  Students should become better enabled to evaluate
controversies (empirical and ethical) over development alternatives, and to
place "news" from and about the Third World into clearer perspective.
	Lectures and readings presuppose both some background in the social
sciences and some knowledge of contemporary international affairs.  The
course is designed for juniors and seniors in the social sciences, history,
journalism and public affairs.
	This is an 8-week course, ending before spring vacation, so the pace
will be about twice as fast as a regular semester course.  Assignments will
likely include 2 in-class exams - short essays and identifications (25%
each); a take-home final essay exam (40%); and class
attendance/participation (10%).
	Books being considered for the course include:
		Griffiths, ed. Developing World 99/00
		Handelman, Challenge of Third World Development
		Sen, Development as Freedom
		Markandaya, Nectar in a Sieve (novel)
		Palmer, ed., Shining Path of Peru, or Cameron & Mauceri,
Peruvian Labyrinth
		Dreze & Sen, India: Economic Development & Social
Opportunity
		Sandbrook, Politics of Africa's Economic Recovery or
Ayitteh, Africa in Chaos
	Reading packet of selected articles for Y343