course material including group presentations H u m a n i t i e s

course material including group presentations H u m a n i t i e s

Please answer TWO of the following questions. Answers must not exceed a maximum word limit of 1000 words/question (not including bibliography). Answers must demonstrate a solid understanding of key concepts discussed over the semester while effectively identifying key arguments through in-text citations.  The exam covers all course material including group presentations.  Students are NOT required to cite sources beyond the required course readings as outlined in the syllabus.  Please note that this is not a term paper; rather, it is your final examination.  Late exams will NOT be accepted.  Good luck!

Answer ONE of the following questions:

1. Provide a critically and comparative review of the main arguments presented in the Acemoglu and Robinson, Collier, Nussbaum, and Sacks readings. You may use any style in writing your review so long as it offers a scholarly critique of the work

1. Collier notes “The middle-income countries get aid because they are of much more commercial and political interest than the tiny markets and powerlessness of the bottom billion” (p. 104).  Do you agree with this assessment? Why or why not? Justify your response using specific examples from our course readings.

Answer ONE of the following questions:

1. What is the relationship between globalization, development, and poverty? Draw on core readings when identifying key themes such as markets, migration, gender, and democracy when answering this question.

2. Drawing on course material and lectures from the last five weeks of the course, discuss the relationship between technology, sustainable development, and human rights in the Global South.


Acemoglu, Daron, and James A. Robinson. Why nations fail: The origins of power, prosperity, and poverty. Currency, 201

•Nussbaum, Martha C. Creating Capabilities: “The human development approach.” Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard (2013).

Collier, Paul. The bottom billion: Why the poorest countries are failing and what can be done about it. Oxford University Press, USA, 2008.

•Sachs, Jeffrey D. The Ages of Globalization. Columbia University Press, 2020.

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