This course is intended to provide students with a survey of a range of topics related to the politics of developing areas. There is no explicit regional focus, and the paper assignment will give you the option to investigate specific cases that interest you. To maintain clarity across a wide array of countries and topics, the class is arranged around the following questions:
1 ) Why are some countries poor while others are not?
2) Why are some individuals/groups in these countries poor and/or politically marginalized, while others are wealthy and/or powerful?
3) Why is it hard to reform?
Student assessment for the course will be determined by the following:
Peer review report: 15%
Paper draft: 30%
Final paper: 30%
The paper assignment will be structured in order to help students to produce a meaningful, polished product by the end of the course. A complete, 10-12 page (including references) draft will be due roughly by week 7. Students will then complete an anonymous peer-review process of each other's papers. The final draft will be 12-15 pages (including references).