Course Description

Course Name

Third World Politics

Session: VCPS3122

Hours & Credits

30 Host University Units

Prerequisites & Language Level

Any TWO of the following: POL2038F, POL2002S, POL2039S, or with special permission from the Head of Department.

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


The purpose of this course is to explain the historical and analytical significance of the idea of the Third World. It reviews the theories that are typically used to analyse the political economies and political regimes of Third World countries. The reliability, validity and normative implications of these theories will be evaluated with reference to key case studies that illustrate or problematise their claims. Though this is a political science course, our study of Third World Politics will be informed by debates that span a number of disciplines, including history, economics,
law, anthropology and sociology.

DP requirements: Tutorial attendance is compulsory and students who attend fewer than 85% of the tutorials will not be allowed to write the final examination. In addition, completion of all written assignments, essays and tests are a requirement for a DP. Should students fail to hand in written assignments by due date, they will be penalised according to the grading formula of the Department. All required work for DP purposes MUST be submitted by the last day of the course.

Assessment: Coursework counts 50%; final two-hour examination counts 50%.

*Course content subject to change