I am requesting that CPO4034, which is currently listed as "Third World Politics," be renamed to the more appropriately titled, "Politics of Developing Countries." The term "Third World" is no longer relevant; it referred to a tertiary distinction during the Cold War era in which the world was roughly divided among the Western "first world" (i.e. US, Canada, Western Europe), the Communist Bloc "second world" (i.e. USSR, China, and Cuba), and remaining non-aligned countries known as the "third world." Given that we are decades removed from the end of the Cold War, our courses should reflect the current state of affairs. The University of Florida has termed CPO4034 "Politics of Developing Nations." It is important that this course is described in line with current standards in scholarship and practice so as to avoid any confusion when students are enrolling in classes. This change will also require that the course description be altered accordingly.
New Course Description:
Prerequisite: CPO2002 or consent of instructor. The subject of this course is political and economic development among countries within the developing world, emphasizing the economic, social, and psychological conditions affecting their political and economic status.