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International Development - POLS 160 OL1 - Course Syllabus

International Development - POLS 160 OL1 - Course Syllabus

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Examination of theories defining the post-World War II development project, alternatives to the project, and their relevance to solving global development problems. Prerequisite: POLS 051.
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Examination of theories defining the post-World War II development project, alternatives to the project, and their relevance to solving global development problems. Prerequisite: POLS 051.

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DRAFTUniversity of VermontPolitical Science Department and School of Continuing EducationInternational Development, POLS 160
Bradford T. Greene, PHDPhone: 802-387-2125E-mail: bgreene1@uvm.eduSummer 2013, Online
Course description
: International development is a challenge to our wellbeing and futureplace on the planet. The current model of international development, with its emphasis onproduction and consumption in a global market, is unsustainable. With growing concernsabout the persistence of poverty and inequality and ecological degradation, a re-examination of the model is especially timely.The course will do the following: (1) clarify the concepts and theory of the developmentproblem and proposed solutions; (2) review the shift from nationally led development toone served by the interests of international capital; (3) examine the approaches of themain unilateral, bilateral, and multilateral aid donors; (4) study the impact of globalization on selected topics, e.g. poverty, inequality, and environment; (5) assess thelimits of the economic growth model and speculate about alternatives.The course runs for 6 weeks from July 1 to August 9. The course is divided into 15topics. From weeks 1 to 4 (July 1 to July 26) we will cover 3 topics per week. Duringweek 5 (July 29 to August 2), we will cover 2 topics. During the final week (August 5 to9) we will cover 1 topic.
Course Requirements:
 
Submission Deadlines
: All work must be submitted according to the assigned due dates.If you cannot meet a deadline, you must notify me beforehand. I will penalize anunexcused late submission by reducing the grade by one full letter grade (e.g. from A toB).
 Blackboard Discussion (25 percent):
Beginning with Topic 2 (July 2) and continuingthrough Topic 15 (August 5), students are required to participate in discussion of theissues and questions posted on Blackboard Discussion Board. Participation in theDiscussion Board discussion accounts for 25 percent of the student's grade. Postedcomments will be scored on a 4-point scale (4=A, 1=D) depending on their specificity,meaningfulness, references to literature or other data, analysis of the issue, andcontribution to the ongoing discussion. Contributions that are non-substantive or merelyrestate another posting will receive a grade of 1. Contributions should be well written(you are not texting on your cell phone) and no longer than 150 words. Students must
 
2post their comments for class discussion by 11:00 pm on the day that the topic is assignedon BbDb. See Blackboard Discussion Guidance under Blackboard Assignments.
Film Critiques (15 percent):
Students are required to write one-page critiques of three of the required films. Each critiq
ue will account for 5 percent of the student’s grade.
 
 Research Paper (40 percent):
Students are required to submit a research paper of approximately 10 pages on an international development problem that they haveidentified in the course of their readings. The problem must deal with a substantiveconcern discussed under one of the topics addressed in the course. Based on a review of the literature, the paper must describe the problem, explain how the problem has beenaddressed by donors, and describe a future course of action that would address theproblem through a sustainable development approach that considers the planet's finiteresources and constraints. See Research Paper Guidance under Blackboard Assignments.Analysis must be supported with material from other sources as appropriate. A fullbibliography is required. The paper must be original work and follow a customaryacademic style, such as Chicago style. The paper must be in Microsoft Word 2010(xxx.docx or xxx.doc) or in Rich text (xxx.rft) format.
 Book Review (20 percent):
Students are required to write a review (approximately 5pages) of a book of an international development problem. The book may be one of thesources that the student is using in his/her research paper. The student will review thebook from the perspective on an international development theory or policy. The reviewrequires the same standards of originality, documentation, and formatting as the researchpaper. See Book Review Guidance on Blackboard Assignments.
 Reading material
 I have designated one textbook and several articles and reports as required reading andfour films as required viewing. In addition, I recommend that you read as much as youcan from the suggested readings. Complete the required reading assignments prior to theclass meeting so that you can contribute to the discussion of the topic. You must makereferences to the reading material in your Blackboard contributions and film critiques.
 Required Reading Books Available at Bookstore:
 Haslam, Paul, Jessica Schafer, and Pierre Beaudet, eds. Introduction to InternationalDevelopment: Approaches, Actors, and Issues. Second edition. Canada: OxfordUniversity Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0-19-544020-1.
 Required Films Available at Amazon (purchase or rental), Neflix (membership), or online
Arithmetic, Population and Energy - a talk by Al Bartlett (1 hour), available free online athttp://www.albartlett.org/presentations/arithmetic_population_energy_video1.html. Beyond Elections: Redefining Democracy in the Americas, directed by Michael Fox andSilvia Leindecker, 2008 (104 min)
or
Debtocracy video, available free athttp://topdocumentaryfilms.com/debtocracy/  
 
3The End of Poverty, directed by Philippe Diaz, 2008 (105 min)
or
Debtocracy, byKaterina Kitidi and Aris Hatzistefanou. 2011 (75 min).The Girl in the Café, directed by David Yates, written by Richard Curtis, and producedby Hilary Bevan-Jones, 2005 (94 min).
Course Topics
 Week 1
Topic 1 (Jul 1): Introduction
 
o
 
Overview of course
o
 
Ice breakerTHEORIES AND APPROACHES IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Topic 2
 
(Jul 2): Defining Development: Descriptive, Prescriptive, and Normative Aspects
 
o
 
Development conceptions
o
 
The development paradigm
o
 
The role of ethics in developmentRequired ReadingHaslan, Ch 1Rist
,
Gilbert
. “
Development
 
as a buzzword
,”
Development
 
in Practice, Vol. 17Issue 4/5 (August 2007), 485-491.http://web.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.uvm.edu/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=c5659644-410a-4c40-b08b-713c767812b6%40sessionmgr12&vid=2&hid=10 Shanin, Teodor. "The Idea of Progress," The Post-Development Reader, TheDevelopment Paradigm, Part 2, eds. Majid Rahnema and VictoriaBawtree. Zed Books, 1997, 65-73.http://pages.uoregon.edu/aweiss/intl422_522/The%20Idea%20of%20Progress.pdf  
Topic 3 (Jul 5): History of Exploitation and Subjugation
o
 
Europe and the New World
o
 
The Race for Africa
o
 
Lessons learnedRequired ReadingHaslam, 28-42
Burbank, Jane and Frederick Cooper. “
How empire ruled the world
,”
Le MondeDiplomatique (January 2012). (Blackboard file)Streeck, Wolfgang
. “
Markets now rule the world
,”
Le Monde Diplomatique,(January 2012). (Blackboard file)Week 2
Topic 4 (Jul 8): Theories of Development 
 
o
 
Structuralism of Keynes

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