Professor Teichman is teaching two courses in the fall of 2017. She will be on leave for the winter term, 2018.
POLB90, Comparative Development in International Perspective, at the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus. This course opens with an examination of the social conditions faced by many people living in the countries of Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean and places this discussion within the context of the global economic and political environment. The course then raises the question of the meaning of development and from there goes on to examine the most important intellectual attempts to explain the persistence of poor living standards, political instability, and democratic deficits in so many Global South countries. We follow this with an examination of the international factors believed to have shaped the social, economic and, especially the political evolution of most of these countries. We begin with a consideration of the expansion of the imperial powers of Europe and North America into these parts of the world and then direct our attention to the constraints imposed by the international economic and political order. The discussion includes the impact of colonialism, the role of multinational corporations (MNCs), the globalization of production, and the role of the multilateral lending institutions (the IMF and the World Bank). We conclude the course with an examination of the obstacles to popular resistance to globalization in the export processing zones of Mexico and a discussion of the possibilities for achieving a more just international order. Course Outline.
POL2400, Theories and Issues is the Politics of Development is the core Development Studies course in the Political Science PhD program, taught on the St. George campus.This course provides a selective overview of some of the theoretical and conceptual issues and debates that have dominated the study of the global south. These issues and debates are not necessarily exclusive to the global south and may also be relevant to the study of politics in other contexts. The first section of the course discusses the evolution of the major theoretical approaches, largely generated in the west, that have attempted to explain the social, economic and political experiences of the countries of the global south. The course then moves on to a more focussed examination of some of the key concepts and debates involved in the analysis of domestic political processes. The course is designed to help prepare Ph.D. students for the field exam, for teaching, and for future research activities by encouraging critical thinking about political science and development studies. Course Outline.