Why are some countries richer, more stable, and more industrialized than others? An examination of the origins of the modern state, the links between different governance systems and development, and political aspects of development will help to answer this question. This course will focus on the transformation of developing countries in view of globalization, democratization and economic liberalization. Specifically, the course will introduce students to current theories of development and contending theoretical approaches in comparative political economy. Students are expected to complete oral and written assignments which are designed to help them develop their problem solving, writing and presentation skills.