Billions of people in the world live on less than $10 a day—and almost half the world live on less than $2.50 a day. What explains the enormous differences between these countries, both in terms of economic growth and political stability? Why are some democratic and others authoritarian? Why have some countries experienced violent upheaval, while others have avoided major conflict? Is there only one path to development?

If you want to explore answers to these questions, POL_S 435 – Politics of Developing Nations is the summer course for you! This class will explore the meaning of political and economic development around the world, especially in the context of globalization, focusing on the historical background of developing countries and some of the major issues, including the effects of colonialism, civil war, authoritarianism, global institutions, and the role of democratization in the developing world.

Course Schedule:
May 10 – June 11 (5 weeks)
10 – 11:30 a.m. | Monday – Friday
Held synchronously via Zoom
Credits: 3

This accelerated course is great for students in all majors, and has no prerequisites. Here are just a few comments from students who have taken POL_S 435 over the summer:

  • “Easily my favorite course since being at WSU. This class provided technical and real–world knowledge that I truly value.”
  • “One of my favorite classes I have ever taken at WSU. I learned a lot and I really enjoyed the class. Richard’s personality and teaching style is something I wish more teachers had.”
  • “Fully explains concepts, lets you know exactly what to expect within the class and what to expect on a daily basis. There was never a time when I was surprised with anything unexpected, all the material and expectations were extremely clear.”

Interested? Add this class to your summer schedule today! If you have any questions about the course, feel free to contact Richard Elgar at relgar@wsu.edu.