Fall 2019  |  PA 5501 Section 001: Theories and Policies of Development (23978)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/03/2019 - 12/11/2019
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 184
Enrollment Status:
Open (26 of 27 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
What makes some countries wealthier than others, one group of people healthier and more educated than another? How does the behavior of rich nations affect poor nations? Origins of development thought, contemporary frameworks and policy debates. Economic, human, and sustainable development. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
Class Notes:
Class Description:
This course will invite students to examine economic development theories and strategies at the national and regional levels in poor countries, in nations in transition and in rich countries. In readings, lectures and discussions, course participants will explore the origins of development thought and competing theoretical paradigms including theories of economic growth, Marxism and dependency theories, and Neoclassical paradigms on growth. Students will examine important policy debates and explore case study material from a variety of contexts and frameworks in order to engage in interdisciplinary thinking.

A range of topics will be discussed including poverty of income, of education, of health, of power. We will also explore inequality, culture, rural development, trade policy, finance, household economics, human capital, war violence and conflict, the environment, and evaluation of effectiveness in order to gain a broad understanding of development. The role of gender, social class, institutions, and culture will be incorporated throughout the course just as they are infused in everyday life, instead of compartmentalizing them.
Electronic discussion board participation 25%
Class participation 15%
Midterm exam 30%
Take home final exam 30%
75 pages of reading per week
2 take home exams (with a partner)
weekly electronic discussion board post(s)
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/frie0013_PA5501_Fall2015.pdf (Fall 2015)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
13 July 2015

ClassInfo Links - Fall 2019 5000 Level Public Affairs Classes Taught by Greta Friedemann-Sanchez

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