AAS 358 - Topics in Black World Studies
Section: 001 Politics and Development
Term: FA 2013
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Waitlist Capacity:
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May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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Development is a multifaceted process of change leading to improvements in the overall well-being of a society. Most people recognize development when they see it, but many scholars and policymakers disagree on its key defining features, its main causes, and how best to sustain it. This course will examine the political, social, and economic characteristics of development, not only with regard to the so called Asian Tigers and African Lions, but also with respect to countries that are stuck in what Paul Collier refers to as the “bottom billion.” We will tackle important questions such as: How do we measure development? Is economic growth the same as development? How does the organization and expression of political power affect improvements in economic well being? And finally, why have some countries dramatically improved their key economic and social indicators over the last twenty years, while others continue to lag behind?

The course is designed to help you think through the multiple and interacting dimensions of development and to understand how scholars and practitioners from different disciplines approach these dimensions. It will accomplish these objectives by critically exploring different theoretical and practical approaches to development; analyzing comparatively several historical and contemporary case studies of development (or lack of development) across the globe; and investigating various aspects of development such as economic growth, foreign and domestic investment, urbanization, health and human well being. Finally, the course will assess key stakeholders in the development process including international financial institutions, national governments, the private sectors, non-governmental organizations, and local communities.

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AAS 358 - Topics in Black World Studies
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001 (SEM)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 0292751249
My car in Managua, Author: Forrest D. Colburn ; illustrations by Roger Sanchez Flores., Publisher: University of Texas Press 1st ed. 1991
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780801478604
Poor Numbers: How we are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to do About it, Author: Morten Jerven, Publisher: Cornell 2013
ISBN: 9780195311457
The bottom billion : why the poorest countries are failing and what can be done about it, Author: by Paul Collier., Publisher: Oxford University Press 5. printin 2007
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0199645566
Globalization for development : meeting new challenges, Author: by Ian Goldin, Kenneth A. Reinert., Publisher: Oxford University Press New ed.
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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