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Political Development

  • Course Code :
    PSC 303
  • Level :
    Undergraduate
  • Course Hours :
    3.00 Hours
  • Department :
    Department of Political Science

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Area of Study :

This course critically analyzes prime topics in the field of political development. These include raising questions on: the meanings of development, stereotypical dichotomies and analogies of the developed-underdeveloped and the third-world versus "the west", as well as questioning the pre-given international categorization of the world countries with respect to economic standards and its influence on the political development. In light of this, the course aims at deconstructing the use of classical stereotypical conceptions such as the third world and the south-north dichotomy of the process of political development while placing emphasis on the how, why and what questions of factors of political development through focusing on what is the criteria of attaining political development and its obstacles. Course Goals: • Address the most enduring questions of political and economic development. • Comprehend and analyze crucial issues and challenges facing political development in third world countries.

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Political Development

This course critically analyzes prime topics in the field of political development. These include raising questions on: the meanings of development, stereotypical dichotomies and analogies of the developed-underdeveloped and the third-world versus "the west", as well as questioning the pre-given international categorization of the world countries with respect to economic standards and its influence on the political development. In light of this, the course aims at deconstructing the use of classical stereotypical conceptions such as the third world and the south-north dichotomy of the process of political development while placing emphasis on the how, why and what questions of factors of political development through focusing on what is the criteria of attaining political development and its obstacles.

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Political Development

Course outcomes:

a. Knowledge and Understanding:

1- Define the historical factors which led to the emergence of the third world, and the contemporary factors which impede development.
2- Recognize current political affairs on the national, regional and international levels such as, for example: countries in transitions, revolutions and resistance, as well as the successful economic and political models around the world.
3- Identify the importance of the concept of political and economic development, and the recent theories or concepts of democratization, institution-building, and the most successful economic models.

b. Intellectual Skills:

1- Employ and apply the different development theories to current events.
2- Outline ethical position towards the role of women, religion, poverty and human rights in political and economic development.

c. Professional and Practical Skills:

1- Relate and connect between historical events and political theories with contemporary political and economic development issues, in Egypt and abroad.
2- Employ the gained knowledge in the analysis of a variety of case studies and various development experiences from around the world.
3- Illustrate the art of research and use of methodologies in writing essays.

d. General and Transferable Skills:

1- Think systematically and construct logical arguments about achieving political and economic development.
2- Allow to effectively coordinate with others in a discussion.
3- Evaluate the sources of news and their credibility.

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Political Development

Course topics and contents:

Topic No. of hours Lecture Tutorial/Practical
Introductory Lecture and Course Outline 3 1
Women and Political Development 6 2
Culture and Development 3 1
Final Exam 1
Theories of Political Development 3 1
Political Development in Egypt 3 1
Transition to democracy – Part 1 6 2
Transition to democracy – Part 2 3 1
Midterm Exam 1
The Military and Political Development 6 2
Religion and Political Development 3 1
Rural Development and Politics 3 1

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Political Development

Teaching And Learning Methodologies:

Teaching and learning methods
Demonstration videos
Presentation
Simulations
Debates
Group discussion
Research Paper

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Political Development

Course Assessment :

Methods of assessment Relative weight % Week No. Assess What

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Political Development

Books:

Book Author Publisher
Conflict and Development (Routledge Perspectives on Development) Roger Mac Ginty / Andrew Williams Routledge
Political Development In Emerging nations Howard J.Wiarda Cengage
The Challenge Of Third World Development Howard Handelman PEARSON

Recommended books :

Howard Handleman, The Challenge of Third World Development. New Jersey: Pearson Education: 2013.

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