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BRAC University

Spring 2013

DEV 302: Fundamentals of Social Science II - Politics, Political Economy and Government in Bangladesh

FACULTY

Dr. Rashed Uz Zaman

z.rashed@gmail.com

Office hours: Thursday 5-6pm (UB 1926)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course aims at acquainting students with the political systems and processes with special reference to Bangladesh. Upon completion of this course a student is expected to understand the basics of politics as it developed throughout the centuries. Such an understanding will also help students to grasp the political history of Bangladesh.

COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

i. Understand and use theories /analytical approaches of modern political science and political economy

ii. Understand and use normative and positive mode of analysis

iii. Understanding of human behaviour, both individual and collective, in socio-political settings

iv. Understand how socio-political and ideological factors affect development and political processes

v. Understand how socio-political and developmental changes are measured

COURSE STURCTURE

This is a 3-credit hour compulsory course. The course covers the following broad themes:

i. Analytical approaches to the study of politics and political economy of development

ii. Understanding of human behaviour in political and social settings and political economy of collective actions

iii. Impact of norms, values and culture on development

iv. Measuring social/institutional changes

STUDENT GRADING AND ASSESSMENT

Class attendance – 10%

Class participation – 10%

Midterm examination – 30%

Final examination – 50%

COURSE SCHEDULE

Session 1: The necessity of politics and the coming of the Leviathan (17.01.2013)

Learning objectives:

• Students will be familiarized with the basic analytical concepts of politics and understand how political units came about

Teaching process: Lecture by the Instructor and students’ active participation

Readings

a. Politics: A Very Short Introduction: Chapter 1

b. The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution: Part 1 (pp. 3 to 97)

Assignment: None

Other activity: None

Session 2: Contribution of the Greeks, Romans and Christianity (24.01.2013)

Learning objectives:

• Students will be look at the development of concepts which are the building blocks of modern politics

Teaching process: Lecture by the Instructor and students’ active participation

Readings

a. Politics: A Very Short Introduction: Chapters 2, 3 & 4

b. The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution: pp. 229 - 241

Assignment: None

Other activity: None

Session 3: Chinese and Indian contributions to politics (31.01.2013)

Learning objectives:

• Students will come to learn how political structures and norms are created and influenced by cultural realities

Teaching process: Lecture by the Instructor and students’ active participation

Readings

a.The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution: pp. 97-188

Assignment: None

Other activity: None

Session 4: Islamic political innovations (07.02.2013)

Learning objectives:

• The distinctive nature of the political system which emerged in Egypt and Turkey under Muslim rulers should become clear to the students

Teaching process: Lecture by the Instructor and students’ active participation

Readings

a. The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution: pp. 189-228

Assignment: None

Other activity: None

Session 5: Constructing a modern state (14.02.2013)

Learning objectives:

• Students should become familiar with the...
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