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Global South Development Studies

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The Global South Development Studies Program, a multidisciplinary social science program, explores the transformation of African, Asian, Latin American and Middle Eastern societies since the 16th century. The program offers students an opportunity to examine—within a comparative framework—the processes of social, economic, political and ideological change in these regions as they respond to asymmetrical contact with the wider global economy.

Requirements & Courses

The minor in the Global South Development Studies Program introduces students to the diverse analytical perspectives of the social science disciplines while ensuring they have a sustained familiarity with one geographical region.

With the exception of EAS 100, all courses for the minor are at the 200 or 300 level. Entering students might consider enrolling in introductory courses in the departments comprising the minor, courses such as ANT 130, ECO 150 and ECO 153, or some sections of the history colloquia.

Requirements

  • One course from history
  • One course from economics
  • Four other courses from among the following five social science departments: anthropology, economics, government, history and sociology. Students may petition the program, through their minor adviser, for one of these four courses to be GSD404 Special Studies or to be from a discipline outside of the social sciences. Comparable courses at other colleges may be included with the consent of the minor adviser.
  • Two of the courses in the minor must reflect a regional concentration on Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Middle East.
  • The student can include no more than two courses from any department.
Anthropology

ANT 234 Culture, Power and Politics
Expected to be offered in the next 3 years

ANT 237 Native South Americans
Normally offered each academic year

ANT 218 The Anthropology of Human Rights
Expected to be offered in the next 3 years

ANT 348 Seminar: Topics in Development Anthropology
Expected to be offered in the next 3 years

ANT 353 Seminar: Topics in Anthropology
Normally offered in alternate years

Economics

ECO 211 Economic Development
Normally offered each academic year

ECO 311 Seminar: Topics in Economic Development
Normally offered in alternate years

Government

GOV 241 International Politics
Normally offered both fall and spring semesters

GOV 220 Introduction to Comparative Politics
Normally offered each spring

GOV 224 Colloquium: Globalization From an Islamic Perspective
Normally offered in alternate years

GOV 230 Chinese Politics
Expected to be offered in the next 3 years

GOV 237 Colloquium: Politics of the U.S./Mexico Border
Normally offered each spring

GOV 242 International Political Economy
Normally offered each academic year

GOV 252 International Organizations
Normally offered each academic year

GOV 257 Colloquium: Refugee Politics
Normally offered in alternate years

GOV 326 Seminar in Comparative Politics
Expected to be offered in the next 3 years

GOV 344 Seminar on Foreign Policy of the Chinese People’s Republic
Expected to be offered in the next 3 years

GOV 347 Seminar in International Politics and Comparative Politics
Expected to be offered in the next 3 years

GOV 348 Seminar in International Politics
Normally offered each fall

EAS 210 Colloquium: Culture and Diplomacy in Asia
Normally offered each spring

History

HST 209 (C) Aspects of Middle Eastern History
Expected to be offered in the next 3 years

HST 258 (L) Modern Africa
Expected to be offered in the next 3 years

HST 259 (C) Aspects of African History
Expected to be offered in the next 3 years

HST 260 (L) Colonial Latin America, 1492–1825
Expected to be offered in the next 3 years

HST 261 (L) Latin America, 1821 to the Present
Expected to be offered in the next 3 years

EAS 100 Modern East Asia
Normally offered each fall

AFR 202 Topics in Africana Studies
Expected to be offered in the next 3 years

EAS 219 Modern Korean History
Expected to be offered in the next 3 years

EAS 220 Colloquium: Environment and Society in Contemporary China
Expected to be offered in the next 3 years

LAS 301 Seminar: Topics in Latin American and Latino/a Studies
Expected to be offered in the next 3 years

Sociology

SOC 232 World Population
Normally offered each academic year

SOC 327 Seminar: Global Migration in the 21st Century
Normally offered in alternate years

EAS 200 Colloquium: Topics in East Asian Studies
Expected to be offered in the next 3 years

GSD 404 Special Studies

For juniors and seniors, admission by permission of the Global South Development Studies Advisory Board. Can only be taken once to count toward the minor. Credits: 4
Normally offered each academic year

 

Contact

Global South Development Studies

Wright Hall
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: 413-585-3572

Administrative Assistant: David Osepowicz

Prospective students who wish to learn more about the Global South Development Studies Program may contact Greg White, director of the program.