POLS 362: POLITICS OF DEVELOPING AREAS
Department of Political Science
Spring 2006, Dusable 461
Instructor: Dr. Kheang Un
Office: Zulauf 414
Office Hours: T & Th 2-3:30 and by appointment
Three quarters of the world population live in the
developing world. Although the
Course Policies and Requirements
1. The Learning Environment. Your instructor is committed to the principle of active learning. This principle requires students’ active involvement in, commitment to, and responsibility for their own education. Hence, it is important that students conduct themselves in ways that indicate respect for the learning community and the learning process. Respect for the learning community should preclude such behavior as persistent tardiness, leaving the room during class time (unless prior advice was given to the instructor or in case of emergency), falling asleep, reading the newspaper, turning your cell phone on, studying for another class, or chatting with others.
Lectures will parallel and compliment the readings. As such, students cannot just rely solely on the lectures or the readings.
The class will be divided into 6 groups, each of which will be assigned to focus on a country (case) for class discussion and term papers. The class will break out into groups for discussion periodically.
3. Class attendance and Participation. Attendance at all class sessions is expected, and the instructor will check the attendance regularly. Class participation will account for 10 percent while attendance will account for 10 percent of the total course grade. More significantly, informed participation in class discussion will significantly help students in borderline grade situations.
4. Exams. This course will have three exams. Two will be midterms written in class on March 02 and April 04. A final exam will be taken during the regular final exam day, May 11 from . Each of these exams will be worth 20 percent of the total course grade. The format of each exam will be a combination of essay, short answers and identification of concepts. No make up exam will be offered, except in cases of emergency, as defined by the instructor, and with advance notification.
5. Term Paper: The term paper, 12 to 15 pages, will be worth 20 percent of the total course grade and due on May 04. The term paper will be framed around one of the two following research questions.
Question 1: Discuss whether your assigned country has democratized or failed to democratize. If it is a democracy assess its likelihood of remaining democratic or of advancing its democracy to a high level. If it is not a democracy, assess its likelihood of democratizing.
Question 2: Explain factors contributing to your assigned country’s economic growth or lack thereof. How do your findings support or call into question these ideas: Is underdevelopment the result of poor decisions and economic management of developing countries? Or is underdevelopment a byproduct of developing countries in the international economic system, a capitalist system that is dominated by developed countries and the international organizations serving their interests?
Avoiding Plagiarism: Put simply, plagiarism happens when you take someone else’s ideas or words and use them as though they were your own ideas. Commonly, students commit plagiarism out of ignorance or carelessness; though there are some people who outright steal other writers’ work. Thus to avoid this problem, you should follow these guidelines:
. Always put quotation marks around any direct statement from someone else’s work and offer appropriate citation (endnote, footnote ect.)
. Cite any paraphrase of another writer’s ideas or statements.
. Cite any material, ideas, thoughts, etc., you got from your reading that can’t be described as general knowledge.
6. Course Grade. Course Grades will be distributed as follows:
Final Average Final Grade
90-100 % A
80-89 % B
Below 50% F
7. Academic Integrity. Students are expected to know and comply with NIU polices on academic integrity (see p. 47 of 2001 Undergraduate Catalog). Any student found guilty of cheating or plagiarizing will receive an “F” for the examination and the course. He or she may also be subject to additional sanctions imposed by the university.
of Lectures, Required
Introduction to the course
Topic I: Introduction to the Developing World
Topic II: Poverty, Inequality and Regime Types
Topic III: Colonialism and the Making of the Developing World
Video: “The Rise of Asian Nationalism.”
Colonialism, read the text, pp. 43-68
Linking cases and concepts, read the text, relevant pages pp. 69-103.
Topic IV: International Economic System and Globalization
Globalization, read the text, pp. 116-138.
Globalization, Thomas Friedman, “The New System.” in Joel
Krieger, Globalization and State Power: A
Structural Adjustment, read the text, pp. 139-158.
Alternative Approach to Development, read the text, pp. 158-166.
Linking cases and concepts, read the text, pp. 167-184.
Linking cases and concepts continued
Catch-up and Review
Topic V: Politics and Political Change
Violence path to change, read the text, pp. 244-279.
Linking cases and concepts, read relevant pages in the text, pp. 280-299.
Democratization, read the text, pp. 301-342.
Linking cases and concepts, relevant pages, read the text, pp. 343-357.
Linking cases and concepts, and review and catch up.
Topic VI: Global Challenges and International Institutions
The United Nations, read the text, pp.366-386.
Regional, international and non-governmental organizations, read the text, pp. 361-366, pp.386-391.
Global challenges and responses, read the text, pp. 392-408.
HIV and AIDS
Video: “AIDS in
Linking cases and concepts, read the text, pp. 409-425.
Topic VII: The
US policies toward the
Linking concepts and cases, read the text, pp. 434-449
Catch-up and review
Term paper due