Third World Politics

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Third World Politics

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Any TWO of the following: POL2038F, POL2002S, POL2039S, or with special permission from the Head of Department.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    7 - 8
  • Overview

    The purpose of this course is to explain the historical and analytical significance of the idea of the Third World. It reviews the theories that are typically used to analyse the political economies and political regimes of Third World countries. The reliability, validity and normative implications of these theories will be evaluated with reference to key case studies that illustrate or problematise their claims. Though this is a political science course, our study of Third World Politics will be informed by debates that span a number of disciplines, including history, economics,
    law, anthropology and sociology.

    DP requirements: Tutorial attendance is compulsory and students who attend fewer than 85% of the tutorials will not be allowed to write the final examination. In addition, completion of all written assignments, essays and tests are a requirement for a DP. Should students fail to hand in written assignments by due date, they will be penalised according to the grading formula of the Department. All required work for DP purposes MUST be submitted by the last day of the course.

    Assessment: Coursework counts 50%; final two-hour examination counts 50%.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


This site uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some are essential to make our site work; others help us improve the user experience. By using the site, you consent to the placement of these cookies.

Read our Privacy Policy to learn more.