The long-standing division of the global system into richer and poorer regions poses many important problems in international political economy. This course presents a theoretical background to North-South issues and analyzes current problems in economic and political relations. After defining inequality, the course examines the sources of inequality emanating from the international system as well as from domestic political systems. The course also examines specific problems poor countries face, such as agricultural reform, population growth, levels of international trade and foreign direct investment. The course will also examine the issues from the perspective of intergovernmental agencies, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), many of which are headquartered in Geneva, which provide much of the multilateral aid to developing nations. This course meets requirements for International Relations majors (Track I or Track IV). Prerequisite: POL 3 or consent of the instructor. Please visit the program page for more information.
The following are comments from students on their course evaluations (July, 2009):
"The most important aspect of this course was learning what is being done to promote development in developing countries."
"The field trips to the NGOs were the best part and the guest lecturers."
"Jeannette Money was a very interesting and effective teacher because she is very passionate about the subject matter."
"Geneva is a very diverse city with many different nationalities living there."
"Learned more in a 4 weeks than I ever could have in a quarter."
Political Science 124 - The Poltics of Global Inequality (4 units): Long-standing division of the global system into richer and poorer regions poses many important problems in international political economy. Course presents a theoretical background to North-South issues and analyses of current problems in economic and political relations. GE credit for: Social Science, Diversity, and Writing.
Political Science 198 - Directed Group Study (4 units)
For a full course description, including any prerequisites, view the UC Davis General Catalog. Note: in many cases the pre-requisites are waived by consent of instructor. For more information on prerequisites for UC Davis courses, visit the Academics section of the Summer Abroad website.