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Deborah Wheeler
SIS 456
Seattle Campus

State-Society Relations in Third World Countries

Relationships among political, social, and economic changes in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Problems of economic and political development, revolution and reform, state-society relations, imperialism and dependency. Offered: jointly with POL S 450.

Class description

This course will examine the theme "state, society and security in the Third World." Our goal will be to understand how different kinds of state formations lead to different kinds of state-society relations, and subsequently, different degrees of security. We will also explore different meanings of "security" by entertaining global, regional, local and individual understandings. The case study method will be employed. Some of the countries we will study about include: Peru, Yemen, Indonesia, Pakistan, El Salvador, Algeria, and Kuwait. We will consider issues of economic development, democratization, human rights, women's rights, and religious nationalism as general issues which cut across case studies.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture/discussion.

Recommended preparation

Students without previous coursework in Third World politics may wish to read "Third World Politics: A Comparative Introduction" by Paul Cammack, David Pool and William Tordoff, published by Johns Hopkins Press.

Class assignments and grading

There will be three short papers of a "review essay" style based upon a text/article of the student's choice, selected from a footnote/endnote reference of interest in any of the course's assigned readings. There will also be a midterm and a final exam. Students who want to waive the exams may write a research paper and make an in-class presentation of their work.

Review essays: 30% Midterm: 25% Final: 25% Participation: 20% (based upon attendence taken 5 times during the quarter and, possibly, an occasional quiz based upon course readings).


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: 10/19/1998