Political Change and Development in the Third World

La Trobe University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Political Change and Development in the Third World

  • Host University

    La Trobe University

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Development Studies, International Politics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    15 credit points (1 course) of any first year Politics subject and 15 credit points (1 course) of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    In this subject students are introduced to different ways of analysing politics in so-called Third World countries. Topics include: the nature of the state in developing countries; the role of culture in political change; the role of the military; how international factors shape political change and development; and the contested nature of democratic transition. Students are encouraged to develop their theoretical understanding of third world politics in relation to a country of their own choosing.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.