Summer 2023 - POL 342 D100

Developing Countries in Global Politics (4)

Class Number: 3332

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 8 – Aug 4, 2023: Tue, 8:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 9, 2023
    Wed, 11:59–11:59 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    Six lower division units in political science or permission of the department.



Problems arising from the disparities in power and wealth between the highly industrialized countries of Europe and North America, and the under-industrialized countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America.


Course Description:

This course examines the role and impact of ‘developing countries’ (the Global South) in world politics. Why do many issues on the contemporary international agenda involve conflict or disagreement between Global North countries and countries in the Global South? How have the historical, political, legal, socioeconomic, and cultural structures of the international system affected the foreign policies of the Global South? What are the prospects for Global South-North and South-South cooperation? The course is divided into three parts. The first part examines the emergence of the Global South in the post-decolonization era, and their efforts towards solidarity, non-alignment, and global economic reform. The second part examines some contemporary global issues where differences between the Global South and North have been prominent including international trade, finance, and debt; international/regional security; human rights and human security; and environmental protection and conservation. Part three examines some prominent issues from the perspective of the main Global South regions (Africa, Central & South America/Caribbean, and the Middle East & Asia).

Course Organization:  One lecture/seminar per week. 


  • Participation 10%
  • Presentation 20%
  • Research Essay 35%
  • Final Take-Home Exam 35%



All required readings are available electronically on canvas.


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Department Undergraduate Notes:

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

Registrar Notes:


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