Fall 2022 - POL 131 D100

Politics of Prosperity and Inequality (3)

Class Number: 5893

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    WMC 3220, Burnaby



Introduces how politics shapes economic inequality and development. Focuses on how government policy and the struggle for power offer solutions to major social and economic problems. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.



This course will introduce students to the developing world or the Global South. Introduces students to the variety of systems of governance in the world today, examines the historical and cultural sources of their different developmental trajectories, and assesses the challenges they face in the future. Various themes and issues which are significant to the Global South countries will be discussed. Students will learn about these issues and also the primary divide between the Northern and Southern countries.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will: (a) acquire a detailed and theoretically informed understanding of the historical development of the Global South and its relationship to such key events colonization, nationalism and nation-building. Students will learn to display this engagement through analytical essay writing and the presentation of complex arguments in tutorial discussions and presentations. By the end of the course, they should have acquired a sound knowledge of key theoretical and practical debates of the Global South.

Course Organization:

There will be weekly lectures and tutorials.


  • Attendance and Tutorial Participation 20%
  • Term Paper 30%
  • Midterm Exam 20%
  • Final Exam 30%



Introduction to International Development, Approaches, Actors, and Issues, By: Paul Haslam; Jessica Shafer; Pierre Beaude, Oxford University Press Canada, Edition: 3rd

Readings will be placed on Reserve.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

The Department of Political Science strictly enforces a policy on plagiarism.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html