PSCI 341 Spring 2015 Modern Midas? Resource Abundance and Development (W)

Many academics, international nongovernmental organizations, international financial institutions, and the media assert that natural resource endowments--oil, gas, and diamonds--are like the touch of Midas. Yet consider that while mineral abundance promises to give countries a platform for prosperity, equity, and political stability, it often produces poor economic performance, poor populations, weak authoritarian states, and widespread conflict. Is there a resource curse, or is it possible for mineral rich countries to escape the modern counterparts of Midas? In this research seminar we revisit the debate on the relationship between mineral wealth and development, focusing on the factors and conditions that lead some resource rich countries to fail and others to succeed.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: active participation in discussions, four short theory reviews (1-2 pages), two case study discussions (4-5 pages), literature review (10 pages), and a research proposal (15 pages)
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: any of the introduction courses (PSCI 201, 202, 203, or 204) plus at least one PSCI or POEC course
Enrollment Preference: senior and junior majors in Political Science followed by senior and junior majors in Political Economy
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: INST Economic Development Studies Electives,POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses,PSCI Comparative Politics Courses,PSCI Research Courses
Enrollment Limit: 14
Expected Enrollment: 12
Class Number: 3687
PSCI 341 - 01 (S) SEM Modern Midas? (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Ngonidzashe Munemo
TF 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Griffin 1 3687
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