ECON 240 Fall 2012 Colonialism and Underdevelopment in South Asia (D) (W)

British colonial rule in South Asia shaped economy and society in fundamental ways. As resistance to colonial rule emerged in the late nineteenth century, "nationalist" writers developed a critique of its economic impact via taxation, fiscal policy, trade, and many other policies. In their turn, supporters of British rule, "apologists," argued that British rule had laid the foundations of economic growth by securing property rights, enforcing contracts, and developing infrastructure. The debate between "nationalists" and "apologists" has never quite ended, but after the recent growth of the Indian economy it has lost some of its emotional charge. We will use this opportunity to not only examine the economic questions, but also how power and its contestations have shaped the answers provided. Therefore, the course part of the college's Exploring Diversity Initiative.
Class Format: tutorial
Requirements/Evaluation: papers
Additional Info: not available for the Gaudino option and may not be taken Pass/Fail
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Prerequisites: Economics 110
Enrollment Preference: students with a prior class on South Asia
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: INST South + Southeast Asia Studies Electives,POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 1435
CLASSES ATTR INSTRUCTORS TIMES CLASS NUMBER ENRL CONSENT
ECON240-T1(F) TUT Colonialism in South Asia (D) (W) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Anand V. Swamy
TBA 1435
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