The Social and Economic Geography of the Third World

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Social and Economic Geography of the Third World

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Development Studies, Geography

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The course focuses on social and economic issues in the Third World. Case studies and examples are taken from Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific Islands. These provide a basis for comparative analysis. Although description plays an important role in this course, the major emphasis is on explaining how and why the structures and situations observed have evolved, and their impacts on people's livelihoods. The questions discussed in class will be observed and researched in the 'real' world during a field laboratory, which is an integral part of the course. The course requires attendance at a five-day field school held in Orientation week prior to the commencement of lectures.
    Topics covered include development theories, colonialism, population change, rural development, urbanisation, industrialisation, gender and development, and environment.

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