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Clare L. Newstead
SIS 335
Seattle Campus

Geography of the Developing World

Characteristics and causes, external and internal, of Third World development and obstacles to that development. Special attention to demographic and agricultural patterns, resource development, industrialization, and urbanization, drawing on specific case studies from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Offered: jointly with GEOG 335.

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This course explores the relationship between the discourses and practices of development and global inequality. We will explore how development has been theorized and practiced over the last fifty years and assess the impact of these ideas on those places, in the global South, subject to development policy and planning. The course begins with the emergence of the "development project" in the 1950’s and moves through the different periods of development theorizing to end with contemporary debates about globalization. Using case studies we will discuss the dominant themes, assumptions and practices of development and highlight the limits of the ‘development project’. We will pay particular attention to the economic, geo-political and cultural relationships between places and the geographic imaginations that inform development thinking.

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Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 01/30/2003