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Political Science
R Rice

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: [email protected] 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.). 1 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. Weekendsndount as one working day. Late assignments should be submitted to my drop-box on the 2 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; 2 b) to use or possess an unauthorized aid or aids or obtain unauthorized assistance in any academic examination or term test or in connection with any other form of academic work; c) to personate another person, or to have another person personate, at any academic examination or term test or in connection with any other form of academic work; d) to represent as one’s own any idea or expression of an idea or work of another in any academic examination or term test or in connection with any other form of academic work; e) to submit, without the knowledge and approval of the instructor to whom it is submitted, any academic work for which credit has previously been obtained or is being sought in another course or program of study in the University or elsewhere; f) to submit for credit any academic work containing a purported statement of fact or reference to a source which has been concocted. Plagiarism is a serious academic offence and will be dealt with accordingly. For further clarification and information, please see the University’s policy on plagiarism at: http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/courses/calendar/University_of_Toronto_Policies.html#B_ Offences. Evaluation Criteria for Written Work 1) Level of Style and Organization: Your work must be completely free of grammatical, spelling and typographical errors. References can be in any style but the same format must be used consistently and they must be accurate. The organization of the paper should assist the reader by providing a readily understandable presentation of background information, research findings, analysis and conclusions. 2) Adequacy of the Research: Your findings should be derived from thorough research. Your work should be free of major factual errors or unsupported and/or undocumented assertions. You should link your findings to those of other scholars and draw meaningful conclusions based on your evidence. 3) Cogency of the Argument: Your written work should have a clear focus and an argument that is logically constructed. Your analysis should display understanding of the topic and originality of thought. Accessibility Students with diverse learning styles and needs are welcome in this course. In particular, if you have a disability/health consideration that may require accommodations, please feel free to approach me and/or the AccessAbility Services Office as soon as possible. I will work with you and AccessAbility to ensure you can achieve your learning goals in this course. Inquiries are confidential. The UTSC AccessAbility Services staff (located in S302) are available by appointment to assess specific needs, provide referrals and arrange appropriate accommodations: (416) 287-7560 or [email protected]
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