This course seeks to understand the process of social change in the Third World: what determines the speed, direction, major actors and consequences of changes in the economy, social structure, political systems, values and relations with the outside world in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East? We will examine major approaches such as modernization, underdevelopment, world systems, state-led development, institutions, commodity chains and globalization. We will examine specific topics such as women in development, environment, democratic transitions, and resistance to globalization. Throughout the course there will be frequent reference to examples from developing countries. Requirements include an in-class mid-term, 3 short papers exploring issues discussed in class with reference to a case of the student’s own choosing, and a final exam.