The great transformation of nations from agrarian to industrial political economies and its associated changes in political and social structures has provided a basis for scholarly debate. In post WWII era, scholars have vigorously debated why some nations have successfully modernized and others have not, as well as the implications for these changes for politics in developing countries. This lecture course will be devoted to analysis of modernization theories and their impact of development project and practice in developing world. It will focus on the role of diverse institutions and projects, paying close attention to their impact on women, indigenous population, small farmers, urban poor and the environment.
1) Students will identify the main characteristics of the major approaches of development theories and be able to provide examples of each—Modernization theory, dependency theory, and world-system theory;
2) Students will evaluate the significance of development theories in contemporary national and international cultural and economic projects;
3) Students will recognize and assess the role of neo-liberal economic institutions in late capitalist modernization projects;
4) Students will identify alternative development paradigms emerging from the “global-south” in response to euro-centric development approaches.
Course Learning Outcomes:
1) To apply the principles and methodologies employed by development paradigms in contemporary societies (especially in the Middle East) and to express them in academic writing;
2) To analyze the ideological foundations of modern development theories and their impact on the “global-south
3) To demonstrate understanding of the role of development institutions and policy makers (i.e., World Bank, International Monterey Fund, World Trade Organization, etc.) in development strategies after WW II.
• Suggested Readings:
- Alan Richards and John Waterbury, A Political Economy of the Middle East
- Seymour Martin Lipset, "Some Social Requisites of Democracy." American Political Science Review 53, no. 1 (1959): pp. 69-105.
- Samuel P. Huntington, Political Order in Changing Societies
Rubric: The writer’s central purpose or argument is readily apparent to the reader.
Balanced presentation of relevant and legitimate information that clearly supports a central purpose or argument and shows a thoughtful, in-depth analysis of a significant topic. Reader gains important insights.
The ideas are arranged logically to support the purpose or argument. They flow smoothly from one to another and are clearly linked to each other. The reader can follow the line of reasoning.
The writing is free or almost free of errors.
Paper is the number of pages specified in the assignment.
References are primarily peer-reviewed professional journals or other approved sources (e.g., government documents, etc.).
MLA/APA format is used accurately and consistently in the paper and on the “Works Cited” page.
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