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Spring 2022 Political Science BC3801 section 001

Call Number 00502
Day & Time
W 2:10pm-4:00pm
501 Diana Center
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required Instructor
Instructor Xiaobo Lu - e-mail, homepage
Course Description Prerequisites: V 1501 or equivalent Description: The semester-long course aims to study political and social factors behind economic development and exam empirical cases of the success and failure in economic growth in order to understand the key features of the development processes. In the last two centuries, some countries successfully achieved economic growth and development, while other failed to do so. Even in the post-WWII period, the world has witnessed the rise and decline of economies around the world. Why do nations succeed or fail in economic development? How do political institutions affect economic outcomes? What are the ways in which state and market interact and influence each other? Can democracy be considered a cause of development, an outgrowth of development, or neither and to which extent? How do external factors such as foreign aid encourage or discourage development? We will try to examine these questions by taking a historical-institutional and comparative approach and take a critical look at the role of political and other institutions by applying theoretical guidelines and empirical cases. We will explore competing explanations for the successes and failures of economic development in the world. Objective:1. Understand some important concepts and theories within the fields of comparative politics and political economy. To explore the interconnections between politics, economy, and society in the context of development policy and practice.2. Develop basic analytic skills to explore various factors that shape political, economic, and social development and underdevelopment in the world;3. Understand some country specific political economy processes and how these processes prove or disprove certain theories and policies.
Web Site Vergil
Department Political Science @Barnard
Enrollment 14 students (16 max) as of 8:02AM Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Subject Political Science
Number BC3801
Section 001
Division Barnard College
Campus Barnard College
Section key 20221POLS3801X001

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