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POLS 332 - Political Thought of Developing Countries (4)

This seminar in political theory considers writings by leaders and theorists of the ongoing struggle for decolonization. It examines different tactics for independence and/or liberation such as violent versus nonviolent approaches, nationalism and culture as tools of empowerment, difficulties with achieving economic independence, and religion as a tool of resistance. It also considers the legacies of colonialism today including migration, economic inequalities and regime instability. Specific topics covered include African socialism, Latin American Marxism, Islamic Fundamentalism, negritude, and Indian Independence. Texts by Gandhi, Fanon, Guevara, and Khomeini will be studied. It is highly recommended that students have taken courses in Political Theory or Political Philosophy. Offered every other year.