POLSCI 489 - Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science
Fall 2022, Section 008 - International Development
Instruction Mode: Section 008 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Seniors only.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This seminar provides advanced undergraduates an inter-related treatment of economic development, international trade and finance, and the domestic institutional underpinnings of growth and stability. The focus is comparative, historical, and analytical. We examine traditional themes and foundational questions in political and economic development and then pose questions specific to the contemporary period of globalization. Why are some societies able to escape vicious cycles of poverty and make the critical transition to sustained growth and economic well-being? Why are others not able to do so? Why do some parts of the globe (such as portions of Latin and Central America, Eastern Europe, and Sub- Saharan Africa) seem to miss the promise and fruit of an increasingly globalized world while other regions (notably East Asia and the BRICS group of nations) respond to expanding trading and financial liberalization with dynamism and profit? Throughout, a running comparison with the earlier experiences of Western nations is used as an analytical and historical benchmark to assess the more recent experiences of developing nations. Finally, in the current age of pandemics, we relate these enduring themes to the difficult period that globalization is undergoing, and what this means for different parts of the world.


POLSCI 489 - Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science
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008 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
012 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
013 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
014 (LEC)
 In Person
Tu 10:00AM - 2:00PM

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