|Module Title||INTRODUCTION TO THE THIRD WORLD IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICS|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Rita Abrahamsen|
|Course delivery||Lecture||18 Hours. (18 x 1 hour)|
|Seminars / Tutorials||8 Hours. (8 x 1 hour)|
- critically assess the usefulness of the term the Third World
- account for some of the ways in which North-South relations impact on Third World affairs
- outline and analyse the various impacts of colonialism
- account for some of the key political and economic challenges facing Third World societies
- critically discuss the meaning of development and explain some contemporary development challenges
- critically discuss the meaning of security in the Third World and explain some contemporary security challenges
- effectively deploy skills of: identification and location of appropriate sources; independent study; writing (essays and examinations); IT skills plus time-management.
10 ECTS credits
The module is divided into five main sections, each section emphasizing the connectedness of the so-called First and Third World. The module begins with a discussion of the legacies of colonialism, one of the shared experiences of otherwise very diverse societies. The second section focuses on political challenges, like state building, military coups and democracy. The third section examines various development issues, like famine, gender and the environment, while the fourth section focuses on a series of economic challenges, including the debt crisis. The final section is devoted to security issues, and includes lectures on the specificity of third world security, arms proliferation and HIV/AIDS.
B. Colonisation and its Legacies
2. Latin America
4. The Jewel in the Crown/The Beginning of the End
C. Issues in Third World Politics
5. The Third World State
6. The Soldier turned Politician
7. The Call for Democracy
D. Development Issues in the Third World
8. What is Development?
9. Hunger & Famine
10. Gender and Development
11. Development and the Environment
E. Economic Issues in the Third World
12. The Debt Crisis
13. Structural Adjustment
14. The East Asian Miracle: The NICs
F. Security issues in the Third World
15. What is Security and Who Is It For?
16. Small Arms Proliferation
17. AIDS/HIV as a security threat (?)
18. Where is the Third World Now?
Students will have the opportunity to develop, practice and test a wide range of transferable skills which will help them to understand, conceptualise and evaluate examples and ideas. Throughout the course, students should practice and enhance their reading, comprehension and thinking skills, as well as basic numeracy skills and self management skills. In lectures students will develop listening and note taking skills, as well as analytical skills. In seminars students will enhance their analytical skills and will practice listening, explaining and debating skills, as well as team work and problem solving. Essay writing will encourage students to practice their independent research, writing and IT skills, and the examination will test these skills under time constraint conditions.
This module is at CQFW Level 4