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Joel S Migdal
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 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.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Mixed lecture and discussion.

Recommended preparation

Recommended: 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

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

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.
Last Update by M Jane Meyerding
Date: 02/03/2006