"Why Are Some Countries Richer?" - Freshman Seminar
- James L Mahoney - 847/491-2626 - Scott Hall, Room 402, Evanston Campus
- University Library 4670 - MoWe 2:00PM - 3:20PM
Overview of classWhy Are Some Countries Richer Than Others?
Why are some countries richer than others? Why have some countries witnessed repeated industrial transformations, whereas others have economies that remain significantly non-industrial and agricultural? When and how did certain countries "get ahead" of others in the global economy? To what extent can less-developed countries "catch up" with more developed ones? How does "globalization" affect these chances?
These are some of the questions that we will explore in this class. The goal of the seminar is to enhance our understanding of differences in levels of development among countries of the world, and to explore competing hypotheses designed to explain those differences. We will examine both the contemporary global economy and the historical processes that brought the current situation into being.
Registration RequirementsFreshmen only
Evaluation MethodWriting Assignments (70 percent)
Oral presentations and discussion (30 percent)
Class Materials (Required)Tentative:
(1) Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel
(2) Walter Rodney, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa
(3) Peter Evans, Dependent Development
Class AttributesNo P/N option for this section
Enrollment RequirementsEnrollment Requirements: Reserved for Freshmen and Sophomores
Add Consent: Department Consent Required
Drop Consent: Department Consent Required
Current as of 06/14/13 11:37:53 PM