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2021-2022 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
    
 
  May 29, 2024
 
2021-2022 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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PIA 2528 - GOVERNANCE, LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY


Minimum Credits: 3
Maximum Credits: 3
This course will attempt to define this balance by looking at issues of local government, governance and civil society in Latin America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. It focuses on the dynamics of governance with primary attention being the grass roots base of democracy and their relationship to institutionalized state structures. Focus is on the nexus between theories of governance and the practical implications of that theory on political behavior. The basic source of our understanding about governance, will be the reading. It is lengthy and various. The categories under which reading is assigned are somewhat arbitrary and as we go along the re-examination of earlier readings will be essential when we get further into the course. Because of the length of each week’s reading assignment, it is essential that students keep up with the reading from week to week. Failure to do so will result in academic “overload” as the course draws to an end. The course will be a mixture of in-class discussions and lectures. The lectures, it should be noted, are not intended to summarize the reading but rather give the independent views of the instructor. All students in the class should read the core readings. Each student should also read from at least one of the three topic lists. There will be four assignments for the successful completion of the course.
Academic Career: Graduate
Course Component: Lecture
Grade Component: Grad Letter Grade
Course Requirements: Graduate School of Public and International Affairs students only.
Course Attributes: Global Studies


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