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Course # SOSC 1750 9.0 Urban Economies: Comparing Canada & the Third World Comparing: Developing Countries (e.g.) India (S. Asia) Mexico (Latin America) Advanced Industrial Countries Canada. Lecture: Mondays 12.30–2.30: TEL 0006 Attendance Ten-minute break Appointments.

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  • Course # SOSC 1750 9.0

  • Urban Economies: Comparing Canada & the Third World

  • Comparing:

  • Developing Countries (e.g.)

    • India (S. Asia)

    • Mexico (Latin America)

  • Advanced Industrial Countries

    • Canada





    • Assignments: Term I

    • I. Mid-term tests in Lecture hall TEL 0006 weight

      • Mon. Oct 21 MCQ on You Tube videos on Poverty 10%

      • Mon. Dec 2 In-class comparative essay test on Markandaya

      • DW articles & Poverty YouTube videos 15%

      • 3. Mon. Dec 2 Quiz on lectures & readings (Developing World) 10%

        • –study Qns. For all tests will be posted online.

    • II. Lecture and Class participation (Attendance required) 10%

    • (includes write-up due Nov 3 (Developing World #26&# 27)

      • Mid-term Total 45%


    YouTube videos

    ‘The End of Poverty’ (DVD) (105 min) http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/the_end_of_poverty/

    Ananya Roy:

    (Un)Knowing Poverty

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKASroLDF0M

    Who sees Poverty?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrW8ier__4Q

    Who profits from Poverty:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0deJfPUj1f8


    Term I

    Markandaya, Kamala. (1954). Nectar in a Sieve. New York: Signet.

    Cinema Libre Studio (2010). The End of Poverty? Think Again.

    Griffiths, Robert J. (2013-14). Annual Editions: Developing World. Guilford, CT: Dushkin/McGraw-Hill.

    A Course Kit 2013-14 on Canada (available for purchase in York U Book Store)



    Percentage population living on less than $2 per day 2009

    https://maps.google.com/maps/ms ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=218326542034227400695.0004af2e8e3bd18d224a1

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Percentage_population_living_on_less_than_$2_per_day_2009.png


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Percentage_living_on_less_than_$1_per_day_1981-2001.pnghttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Percentage_living_on_less_than_$1_per_day_1981-2001.png


    Percent poverty world map http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Percentage_living_on_less_than_$1_per_day_1981-2001.png2008


    The http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Percentage_living_on_less_than_$1_per_day_1981-2001.pngthree worlds as they were separated during the Cold War era, each with its respective allies;     

     First World : USA and its allies.      

    Second World : USSR and its allies.      

    Third World : Neutral countries.


    September 2009http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Percentage_living_on_less_than_$1_per_day_1981-2001.png

    ██ Newly industrialized countries

    ██ Other emerging markets

    ██ Other developing economies

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Industrialized_countries_2007.PNG.png


    GDP PPP Per Capita IMF 2008 (estimate)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Percentage_living_on_less_than_$1_per_day_1981-2001.png

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:GDP_PPP_Per_Capita_IMF_2008.png


    Which countries have lowest/highest national inequality? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Percentage_living_on_less_than_$1_per_day_1981-2001.png


    2009http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Percentage_living_on_less_than_$1_per_day_1981-2001.png

    Differences in National Income inequality (national GINI coefficient)

    0 is perfect equality & 1 is perfect inequality

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c5GINIretouchedcolors.png


    2008http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Percentage_living_on_less_than_$1_per_day_1981-2001.png

    Countries based on World Bank income groupings for 2006 (calculated by GNI per capita, Atlas method).

    ██ High income ██ Upper-middle income ██ Lower-middle income ██ Low income


    925 million hungry people in the world: 2010 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Percentage_living_on_less_than_$1_per_day_1981-2001.png

    http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/world%20hunger%20facts%202002.htm


    key indicators of human well-being since 1970.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Percentage_living_on_less_than_$1_per_day_1981-2001.png

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_development



    • Characteristics of the Third Worldhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Percentage_living_on_less_than_$1_per_day_1981-2001.png

      • Colonial past

      • 2. Lack economic power: Affluent countries dominate the global market

      • 3. Large populations

      • 4. Rapid and uncontrolled growth of cities


    • Rural to urban mass migrationhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Percentage_living_on_less_than_$1_per_day_1981-2001.png

    • Poverty both rural and urban,

    • with the poorest in rural areas

    • 7. Corruption and financial mismanagement in the public sector, e.g., government authorities


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