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Sunila S. Kale
SIS 330
Seattle Campus

Political Economy of Development

Growth, income distribution, and economic development in less-developed countries today. Policies concerning trade, industrialization, the agricultural sector, human resources, and financing of development. Prerequisite: either ECON 201, GEOG 123 or SIS 123, any of which may be taken concurrently.

Class description

In this course we ask how various individuals and schools of thought have conceptualized the problems of development and provided answers to the most contentious questions about economic growth and development. Looking primarily at debates in the 20th century, we examine the tension between states and markets in the search for an organizing logic of capitalism, as well as on how “development” is defined, pursued, and critiqued at different periods in time.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Class meetings will include a mix of lecture, discussion, student presentations, and documentary viewing, with a strong emphasis on student participation.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

You should expect to read between 80 and 120 pages per week, although depending on our schedule and the density and difficulty of the readings, the amount may be somewhat more or less than this.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 04/19/2010