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Sociology 145A Sociology of Third-World Development Spring 2008 Eddy U Office: 2248 Social Sciences and Humanities Building Office hours: Monday 12-2 pm Tel: 752-8163 E-mail: [email protected] Course Description: This course investigates the economic and social transformations of so-called developing countries since World War II. There is no need to assume that we have an incontrovertible science on such societies. Quite the contrary, our understanding of developing countries has been shaped by the theoretical and conceptual frameworks that we bring to bear in research, as well as by our moral and political presuppositions, if not outright biases. It is therefore incumbent upon any student of sociology of development to take note of the theoretical perspectives, political environments, and moral visions that have shaped research, while at the same time examine the multifaceted process of development as history. The first part of this course focuses on the themes within the study of development such as industrialization, economic growth and class exploitation, environmental degradation, and social and political rights of the individual. It also discusses heretofore major theoretical approaches to studying development. The second part looks at the social process that has been called globalization, a relatively new phenomenon in the history of development. We investigate the mechanisms underlying this process and the controversies surrounding it. The final part of the courses looks more closely at how globalization has been transforming ordinary lives in the developing world and also alternative visions for a kinder and gentler process of globalization. Class Schedule Tuesday and Thursday 3:10 – 4:30 Olson 223 Prerequisites There are no prerequisites for this class. This is an upper-division class. Some background knowledge in sociology and previous coursework in the economics, society, and politics of developing countries will go a long way in helping you to keep up with the lectures and readings. Direct experience with life in Asia, Africa, and Latin America will help, too. Requirements and Assessment There are three written assessments: Paper I 30% Paper II 30% Exam 40% You will need to do the following things: (1) come to the lectures; (2) do the readings; (3) reflect on the material; and (4) prepare the papers and hand them in on time. Class attendance is important because the final exam will assess your knowledge on lecture materials as much as class readings. You
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can use materials from lectures and class discussions for your papers. I will make outlines of the lectures available online, but not the lectures themselves. Come to class. We will learn together. A reasonable way to assess the cost of skipping class is this: you will lose marks in the exam and the quality of your paper will suffer. A maximum of four points will be awarded based on performance in class discussions. A principal purpose of this class is help you grow intellectually. The lectures, readings, and papers and
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