Christopher R. Heurlin
POL S 450
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 SIS 456.
Full Term Description: Students will explore different perspectives on state-society relations. Special attention will be paid to the processes of state-building, economic development, the rule of law, ethnic conflict and labor politics in developing countries. Students will explore answers to the following questions: Why are some states strong while other states seem perpetually weak? How have states attempted to develop their countryside? Why would authoritarian states attempt to establish the rule of law? Why are some areas torn apart by ethnic conflict while others remain relatively stable? The empirical focus of the class will include case studies of China, sub-Saharan Africa, India, and Egypt, among others.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Texts: Likely readings will include, States and Power in Africa, by Jeffrey Herbst; Ethnic Conflict and Civil Life, by Ashutosh Varshney; Against the Law, by Ching Kwan Lee; and various other articles.
Class assignments and grading
Grading: Grades will be determined on the basis of classroom participation, a midterm exam, and final paper.