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POLB90H3 Study Guide - Meadowcroft Rockshelter, Noreena Hertz, George Ayittey


Department
Political Science
Course Code
POLB90H3
Professor
R Rice

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University of Toronto at Scarborough
Department of Social Sciences
COMPARATIVE DEVELOPMENT
IN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
POLB90H3F
2012 Fall Session
Tuesday: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Location: SW 319
Instructor: Roberta Rice
Office: MW210
Office Hours: Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
E-mail: rice@utsc.utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 208-2700
Course Description
This course introduces students to the major actors, issues and debates in the field of
global development. The course places a regional emphasis on Africa, Asia and Latin
America. We will begin by examining the contested concept of “development” itself,
including both its problematic status and continuing appeal. We will look at the history
and nature of colonialism and its legacy of poverty and inequality. We will also examine
the role of multinational corporations in the development process. In the second section
we will examine the major theories of development and their critiques. The focus will be
on the various perspectives, models and approaches to development in the Global South.
The final section of the course will explore the international factors believed to have
shaped the social, economic and political development of most countries of the Global
South, including the debt crisis, the World Bank, the IMF and structural adjustment, and
globalization and resistance efforts. The aim is to provide students with general
knowledge to evaluate the different approaches to development and the tools to analyze
substantive issues in the field of development politics.
Required Readings
John Isbister. Promises Not Kept: Poverty and the Betrayal of Third World Development.
(Kumarian Press, seventh edition 2006). Available for purchase at the UTSC Bookstore.
Comparative Development in International Perspective Custom Courseware Package.
(Nelson Education, 2012). Available for purchase at the UTSC Bookstore.
Electronic Journal Articles: these can be accessed through the University of Toronto
library home page or by following the links on the course web page under “Course
Documents” (http://portal.utoronto.ca.).
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Course Format and Requirements
The class will be taught in a lecture-style format. Teaching methods will include lectures,
videos and class discussions. Participation in lecture discussions is highly encouraged. In
addition, students will be expected to attend and participate in tutorials.
The work requirements of the course are as follows:
1. Mid-Term Test (Oct. 16) 20%
2. Research Essay (Nov. 13) 30%
3. Final Exam (TBA) 40%
4. Attendance and Participation 10%
Course Web Page
The course will utilize the Blackboard Academic Suite program. You can log-on to the
course web site through the University’s Portal system at: http://portal.utoronto.ca or
by clicking on the “Log-In to the Portal” icon on the University’s homepage
(http://www.utoronto.ca). You will need a UTORID and Password to gain access to the
course web page. Once you are logged in, if you are registered in the course on ROSI,
you should see POLB90 listed under “My courses.” Simply click on that link to access
the course web site.
Assignment Submission and Grading
Assignment grading will follow the UTSC’s grading regulations as outlined in the 2012-
2013 Course Calendar (http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/courses/calendar). Assignments
are due at the beginning of class. Assignments submitted during office hours or in tutorial
session will be subjected to a late penalty. Assignments will not be accepted via email.
Students are strongly advised to keep draft work and hard copies of their papers. These
should be kept until the marked assignments have been returned.
Policy on Late Assignments and Extensions
A penalty of 2% per working day will be applied to all late assignments up until a
maximum of ten late days, after which late papers will not be accepted. Weekends count
as one working day. Late assignments should be submitted to my drop-box on the 2nd
floor of the Management Wing in the main foyer. Assignments are date stamped at 4:30
p.m. each weekday. Any medical-based assignment extension requests will require
official medical documentation and will require advance notice.
Plagiarism
According to the University’s Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters, it shall be an
offence for a student knowingly:
a) to forge or in any way alter or falsify any document or evidence required for
admission to the University, or to utter, circulate or make use of any such forged,
altered or falsified document, whether the record be in print or electronic form;
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