Baruch college political science 3104 politics of the third world spring 2006

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Spring 2006

Section KM13

MW 11:10 a.m.-12:25 p.m.

Prof. Stephanie R. Golob Phone: 646-312-4423

Department of Political Science e-mail:

Office: Room 5-285, Vertical Campus Office Hours: Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m.,

or by appointment

This course will explore patterns of political and economic development in the Third World, encompassing countries in East Asia, South Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. The main focus of this exploration will be the Third World state – its post-colonial origins, its bases for legitimate political authority, its relationship with society, its role in the economy, and its participation in the international system. Another overarching theme will be the impact of globalization on these dynamics: the transformation of today’s “Third World” into “emerging markets,” the global spread of democratization, the increased involvement of the United Nations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in resolving conflicts, and the challenges of meeting popular demands for political freedom and greater economic well-being.

A. Readings
Students are required to complete the readings prior to the class for which they are assigned. Readings are found in two sources, both of which are available for purchase as follows:
1) The assigned Textbook, available at the Baruch College Bookstore, is:
Howard Handelman, The Challenge of Third World Development,

4th Edition (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 2006).

2) The Course Pack, available at The Copy Specialist (44 East 21st Street, 212-533-7560),

under GOLOB and POL 3104/Third World.

B. The New York Times and Other News Media
To relate course material to real countries and real events, students are required to read The New York Times every day. Reduced-rate 13-week student subscriptions are available, for those who are interested; please see the instructor for details. The Times is also available free of charge at the Newman Library and the New York Public Library, and via the web at Students are also encouraged to seek out additional sources of information, such as daily newspapers from countries of interest available on the web, weeklies such as The Economist (; also available full-text on the Newman Library website via Academic Search Premier), and TV and radio reports (BBC World Service News on WLIW, Channel 21, or National Public Radio on WNYC, AM 820 and 93.9 FM).
C. Class Participation / Discussion Leading
The classroom portion of the course has two vital components.

  1. First, the lectures on Mondays are designed to give students an overview of broad patterns of politics and common challenges facing developing countries as highlighted in the readings.

  2. Second, discussion sections on Wednesdays will enable students to explore these themes more actively. Discussion questions will be posted on the course website one week ahead of time, and at the start of the semester, each student will sign up for one week to be responsible for those questions as a Discussion Leader. Wednesday’s class will start looking at the events of the week centered on The New York Times and will relate those events to the major themes of that week’s readings. The bulk of the class will then consist of student comments on the discussion questions, with Discussion Leaders playing a primary role. There will be a separate handout describing the preparation involved and the role of Discussion Leaders during class. The importance of active participation to the course is reflected in its value in the final grade (see below).

D. The Discussion Essay
All students will write a 750-1000 word essay (minimum 3 pages, maximum 5 pages) answering one of the Discussion Questions provided by the professor. This essay may draw upon the assigned readings, the New York Times and other news media, but does not require extensive research. A more detailed hand-out describing the assignment will be distributed separately.

  • Please Note: The Discussion Essay is due by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 15

  1. Examinations

Examinations will test student understanding of all materials covered in the class, including required readings, lecture notes, and class discussions. If you are absent for a class, you are urged to request the notes from a fellow student; students are also required to take notes during class discussions.
The Midterm Examination will cover the material through Week 8. The Final Examination will have two parts: the first, a short-answer portion, which will focus on the material covered after the Midterm, and a second, an essay, which will be comprehensive and will require the integration of all course material. For both exams, a Review Sheet will be posted one week prior to the in-class Review Session to assist in preparation.
*Please note the following key dates and times:
Midterm Examination Wed., March 22nd , in class

Final Examination Mon., May 22, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Calculation of Grades
Grades will be based upon completion of all of these activities. The instructor reserves her discretion to make final judgments in exceptional situations, but the following percentages approximate the weight to be given in your final grade to each of the requirements:
Midterm Examination 20%

Discussion Essay 30%

Discussion Leading and Class Participation 20%

Final Examination 30%

Course Website on Blackboard
This course has a website posted on Baruch’s Blackboard system, which will play an integral role in the course. All course materials – the syllabus, review sheets, etc. – will be posted permanently in “Course Documents”; Discussion Questions for each week will be posted in “Assignments,” and the “Announcements” (on the opening page) should be checked frequently, particularly on the days we do not meet.
Please Note: As of Spring 2005, Blackboard must be accessed via the CUNY Portal, and you must create a CUNY Portal Account. For more information and links, see:
Course Policies
The course also has the following specific policies:
Attendance: Following the policy outlined in the Baruch College Undergraduate Bulletin, freshmen and sophomores with more than five (5) missed classes will be automatically dropped (i.e., receive a grade of WU), and those in danger of reaching the limit should see the instructor immediately. Juniors and seniors will also have a limit of five absences, but extenuating circumstances will be taken into consideration.
Late arrivals: Lateness shows a lack of respect for the instructor and for fellow classmates. Chronic lateness will be reflected in the class participation portion of your grade. Please see the instructor in advance if you know you will be late a particular day, or if, during the course of the semester, a conflict arises that delays your arrival to class on a regular basis. It is imperative that you give yourself adequate time to travel to class (including “rush hour” at the elevator).
Breaks during class, early departures: These are all strongly discouraged. If you know you will have to leave early, please discuss this with the instructor before class. Please take breaks from class only if it is absolutely necessary. If you are frequently out of the classroom during official class time, it will be reflected in your class participation grade.
Classroom conduct: No beepers, cellular phones, headphones or other electronic devices including laptop computers should be operational during class. Please respect the rules of common courtesy: refrain from interruptions of the person speaking, whether it be the instructor or a fellow student, and in discussions respect the protocol of speaker order and decorum.
Missed exams: Students must inform the instructor prior to the examination (via e-mail or voice mail) and offer a valid excuse with documentation if a makeup examination is to be provided. If you miss the exam and do not give prior notice or if you do not have a valid excuse, you will forfeit your right to a make-up exam and you will receive an F on that exam.
Late Submission of Written Work: Students will lose a half-grade for each calendar day that the assignment is late, and papers will not be accepted beyond the following class session. Extensions will be granted only for extreme circumstances (with documentation), which do not include computer or printer failures. Written work cannot be sent as an attachment to an e-mail or by fax. Please be sure to back up all work secure access to printing facilities in a timely fashion.
Cheating and plagiarism: Any cheating or plagiarism will result your expulsion from the class for the remainder of the semester, and in a final grade of D for the course. Unlike an F, you will be unable to expunge the grade and retake the class at a later date. It will remain a part of your permanent record. The instructor will also report the incident to the Dean of Students, who will take any other relevant disciplinary action. We will be reviewing proper practices of scholarly integrity throughout the semester, particularly regarding proper source citation. It is your responsibility to adopt these practices in your written work.
Please feel free to contact the instructor, preferably via the E-Mail address listed on the first page of this syllabus, with any questions or concerns you may have as the semester progresses. In particular, if you have any difficulty with any of the readings, class lectures or discussions, assignments or exams, you should confer with the instructor immediately. =============================================================================
WEEK # 1

Mon., Jan. 30 Introduction to the course, review of syllabus

Wed., Feb. 1 What is the “Third World?”

-- Handelman, Chapter 1 “Understanding Underdevelopment,”

pp. 1-11 (bottom) only.

-- Course Pack: Clapham, Chapter 2, “The Colonial State and

its Demise,” pp. 12-38.

WEEK # 2

Mon., Feb. 6 Explaining Patterns of Third World Politics and Development

-- Handelman, remainder of Chapter 1, pp. 11-21.

-- Course Pack: Huntington, “The Goals of Development,” pp. 3-32.

Wed., Feb. 8 The State at the Center of Third World Politics

-- Course Pack: Clapham, Chapter 3 & 4, “The Third World

State,” and “Managing the State,” pp. 39-89.

WEEK # 3

Wed., Feb. 15 The State vs. Society:

Authoritarian Rule and the Military in Politics

-- Handelman, Chapter 9, “Soldiers and Politics,” pp. 227-258.

WEEK # 4

TUES., Feb. 21 Discussion on the Military

Wed., Feb. 22 The State and Society I: The Countryside

-- Handelman, Chapter 6, “Agrarian Reform and the Politics of

Rural Change,” pp. 146-173.
WEEK # 5

Mon., Feb. 27 Discussion on Peasants/Rural Politics

Wed., Mar. 1 The State and Society II: The Cities

-- Handelman, Chapter 7, “Rapid Urbanization and the Politics of

the Urban Poor,” pp. 174-198.

WEEK # 6

Mon., Mar. 6 Discussion on Urban Politics
Wed., Mar. 8 Society vs. The State: Revolution

-- Handelman, Chapter 8, “Revolutionary Change,” pp. 199-226.

WEEK # 7

Mon., Mar. 13 Discussion on Revolution

Wed., Mar. 15 TBA

WEEK # 8

Mon. Mar. 20 Review Session for the Midterm Examination


WEEK # 9

Mon. Mar. 27 Defining the Law: Religion and Politics

-- Handelman, Chapter 3, “Religion and Politics,” pp. 48-77.

Wed., Mar. 29 Discussion on Religion and Politics

WEEK # 10

Mon., Apr. 3 Defining the People: Cultural and Ethnic Conflict

-- Handelman, Chapter 4, “The Politics of Cultural Pluralism

and Ethnic Conflict,” pp. 78-114.

Wed., Apr. 5 Discussion on Cultural and Ethnic Conflict
WEEK # 11-13

Mon., Apr. 10 Defining Roles and Rights: Women and Politics

-- Handelman, Chapter 5, “Women and Politics,” pp. 115-145.
Wed., Apr. 12 SPRING BREAK


Wed., Apr. 19 SPRING BREAK
Mon. Apr. 24 Discussion on Women and Politics

WEEK # 13/14

Wed., Apr. 26 Defining Democracy and the Recent “Wave” of Democratization

-- Handelman, Chapter 2, “Democratic Change and the

Change to Democracy,” pp. 25-47.

Mon., May 1 Discussion on Democratization

WEEK # 14/15

Wed., May 3 The Role of the State in Third World Development:


-- Handelman, Chapter 10, “The Political Economy of Third World

Development,” pp. 259-298.
Mon., May 8 Discussion on Industrialization
WEEK # 15/16

Wed., May 10 The Role of the World in Third World Development:

From Debt Crisis to Globalization

-- Course Pack: Friedman, Chapter 14, “The Groundswell,”

pp. 285-294.

-- Course Pack: Thomas, Chapter 1, “Globalization and the

South,” pp. 1-17.
Mon., May 15 Discussion on the World Economy/Globalization

*Discussion Essay Due by 5p.m.
WEEK # 16

Wed., May 17 Review Session for the Final Examination

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