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Third World Development

GEO 255W

Third World Development

GEO 255W

Course Description

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: READING LEVEL 2 and WRITING LEVEL 2 and MATH LEVEL 2.

Using a multidisciplinary approach, describes and analyzes processes and conditions which created and maintain the "Third World." Addresses population, physical environment, historical, political, social and economic factors. Explores and applies current concepts and development theories. Credit may be earned in GEO 255 or SOC 265, but not in both. (60-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Identify and appreciate the influence of historical factors that were part of the differential development process.

Objectives:

  • The following historical periods with particular reference to the factors and forces involved in the differential development process: Age of Exploration, the Age of Imperialism, the Cold War Era, the Decade of Development.
  • The nature of the Industrial Revolution, with reference to the differential development process acting over time.

Use relevant models and theories to explain and suggest cause and effect relationships and make projections.

Objectives:

  • Explain the CORE - PERIPHERY GLOBAL model in terms of causal factors, descriptive details, validity and changing global realities.
  • Explain the nature of the Industrial Revolution, with reference to the differential development process acting over time.

Be aware of the significance of the role of the physical environment as a factor of development, of development barriers and opportunities.

Objectives:

  • The mechanisms responsible for the extremes of precipitation, drought and of unreliability of precipitation in much of the less developed realm and outline the problems and barriers these conditions create.
  • Examples of endemic climate induced hazards to humans, crops and live- stock experienced over much of the less developed realm.
  • Natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tropical storms experienced by less developed countries that impact on development.
  • Why much of the soil found in the less developed world is of lower nutritional level and more difficult to utilize over time than is characteristic of the industrialized realm.

Be aware of, and able to discuss a wide range of the more common characteristics and significant variations of the common situation in the less developed realm.

Objectives:

  • Explanations for the past population explosion and current high birth rates in the less developed countries.
  • Causal factors for poverty, low quality of life, social deterioration and push factors endemic to rural areas in the less developed world.
  • The problems, conditions and causal factors of rapid urban growth and accelerating urbanization in the less developed realm.
  • The nature and results of economic models and projects for economic growth, modernization and diversification applied and exhibited by the less industrialized countries and the Newly Industrializing Nations.
  • The nature and conditions of politics and government in the post-colonial countries, with particular awareness of the significance of the local elite.
  • Reasons for the treatment of women as second-class citizens or chattels in less developed places and of their importance in the modernization - development process.
  • The current and future effects of foreign governments, supranational organizations, N.G.O.s, transnational corporations and global media on further change in the less developed world.
  • Correct terminology and measures to discuss, explain, compare and contrast conditions and places, e.g., export driven economy, satisfying strategy, infant mortality, dependency ratio.
  • Locate case study countries, example countries, and additional general geographic information on maps.

Use writing tasks to promote learning.

Objectives:

  • Practice critical writing skills within the subject.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of subject matter.