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Joel S Migdal
POL S 450
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 SIS 456.

Class description

Description: 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. The focus will be relationships between the state and different social elements, such as ethnicity, religion, and poverty.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Students will develop a broad approach to the study of politics and society. Particular attention will be paid to Latin America and to states created in the 20th century. Students will also learn research, writing, and reading skills to enhance their ability to tackle problems of state-society relations on their own.

Recommended preparation

Recommended preparation: Students should have a working knowledge of social scientific thinking on states and societies, available in a variety of introductory courses in Political Science, the Jackson School, and other social science departments.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments: There will be approximately 150 pages of required reading a week, small text-based papers, and a research paper.

Grading: Grades are computed on the basis of participation in class, the small papers, the larger paper, and the final exam.


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.
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Last Update by Suman C. Chhabra
Date: 03/06/2006