IPE 311

Political Economy of International Development

This course serves as an introduction to the political economy of international development and explores two themes. First, what are the tradeoffs inherent to the process of industrialization, globalization, and economic growth? Second, what are the political, social, and economic challenges faced by low-income countries? In focusing on these themes, this course addresses several questions: What is the meaning of development? How has colonialism shaped the coutours of the contemporary world? What are the tradeoffs associated with mechanization and other features associated with the modernization of agriculture? What is the debt crisis and what are some possible solutions to the crisis? What are the greatest causes of illness and death in low-income countries? What is the environmental impact of the growing global demand for modern consumer conveniences? What are some of the problems faced by women in low-income countries?