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Mary P. Callahan
JSIS B 310
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 320.

Class description

This class will examine relationships among political, social, economic and ideational changes in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. We will investigate how states (and not other kinds of social institutions) have come to establish dominant political authority in some cases, and how transnational, national and local elites portray, project or deploy power over populations throughout the world. The class will focus on the often fragile nature of state-society relations outside the North American and western European world.

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Class assignments and grading

Students will be expected to integrate lectures, required readings, films, and current events. Reading assignments likely to run 200 pages a week. The class will focus on developing critical reading and writing skills, with a variety of short written analytical assignments.


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Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 10/16/2012