Module Identifier IP10910  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Rita Abrahamsen  
Semester Semester 2  
Mutually Exclusive GW10910  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   5 Hours (5 x 1 hour)  
  Lecture   18 Hours (18 x 1 hour)  
Assessment Essay   1 x 2,000 words   30%  
  Exam   2 Hours   70%  

Brief description

More than 75% of the world's population live in the Third World, yet these areas of the globe have traditionally been marganilized in the study of International Politics. This module seeks to remedy this, and aims to introduce students to some of hte key issues of Third World politics. The module is divided into five parts: the legacies of colonialism, political issues, development issues; economic issues and security issues. Each section emphasises the inter-connectedness of the so-called First and Third World, and aims to illustrate how Third World countries are shaped by their interactions with the West and vice-versa.

Aims of the module

To provide an introduction to some of the key issues facing Third World countries and how they relate to the study of international politics.


At the end of the module students should be able to:

- outline the problems associated with the term the 'Third World'
- critically assess the impact of colonialism
- discuss different notions of development
- account for some of the key political, economic and security issues facing coutnries in the Third World.

Reading Lists

M Ayoob. The Third World Secruity Predicament (Rienner 1995).
J Haynes. Third World Politics: A Concise Introduction, (Blackwell 1996).
A Dickson. Development and International Relations (Polity, 1997).
N Adams. Worlds Apart: the North South Divide and the International System, Zed (1997).