Summer 2021 - POL 131 D900

Politics of Prosperity and Inequality (3)

Class Number: 3303

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:


  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 16, 2021
    10:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, 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.


Office Hours: Via Zoom. Posted on Canvas


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:

Lectures will be recorded and posted on Canvas.



  • Canvas Participation 20%
  • Term Paper 30%
  • Midterm Exam 20%
  • Take-home Final Exam - due date TBA 30%



Introduction to International Development, Approaches, Actors, and Issues, By: Paul Haslam; Jessica Shafer; Pierre Beaude, Oxford University Press Canada, Edition: 3rd.
ISBN: 9780199018901

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 web site 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.


Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112).