Comparative International Development and Innovation

PSCI 4710/8716 & ENTR 4710/8716

  • Developed for undergraduate and graduate students in political science and business but open to students from all fields

Course Description

Comparative International Development and Innovation analyzes development and underdevelopment from a historical and theoretical perspective in a comparative manner. The course surveys the Asian, Middle Eastern, and European experience of development and underdevelopment. It specifically looks at why certain regions experienced high levels of development at certain points in time but failed to sustain this growth. In completing this course, students will learn about various mechanisms that contribute to long-run development including but not limited to institutions (political, legal, economic, religious, etc), natural endowment and geography, entrepreneurship and innovation, violence, warfare, human capital, and culture. 

Picture: Left:   The School of Athens, by Raphael Sanzio (1483-1520)  –  Right: Eastern symmetric equivalent. Collage by Javier Romano

Past Syllabi

Summer 2019 Syllabus