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Mary P. Callahan
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

We will examine how states (and not other kinds of social institutions) have come to establish dominant political authority in some cases, and in others have barely functioned as anything more than a theatrical stage on which national elites portray (rather than project or deploy) power. The class will focus on the often fragile nature of state-society relations outside the North American and Western European world.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

General Method of Instruction: The class will be a lecture.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Assignments: Students will be expected to integrate lectures, required readings, films and current events. Reading assignments likely to run 200-300 pages a week.


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 Mary P. Callahan
Date: 10/14/2011