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Resat Kasaba
SIS 456
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 450.

Class description

Students will understand the complex role the "third world" states have played in transforming their societies in the post-World War II period. The course will focus on the legacy of colonialism, economic development, state violence, ethnic and religious conflict, and the failure of states and state-building in selected countries. Students will be expected to gain an appreciation of the global forces in shaping and constraining the state-society relations in these countries.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The class will be organized around lectures, small group exercises, and discussion sessions.

Recommended preparation

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

Class assignments and grading

Students will be expected to integrate lectures, required readings, films and newspaper analysis in discussions and in their written assignments. There will be approximately 150 pages of required reading a week, small text-based papers, a research paper, and a final exam.

Grades will 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.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 04/18/2007