Choose one of the following questions:
1. The modernization and dependency perspectives provide two different explanations for
development and underdevelopment. Compare and contrast the main propositions of these
perspectives and discuss their respective strengths and weaknesses. In your opinion, which
perspective offers the best insight? Why?
2. Class materials and discussions highlighted the importance of representations of “others” and of
the condition of underdevelopment. Draw on these ideas to discuss present-day representations of
people in the Global North and in the Global South as found in the following sources:
1. “Ed Sheeran meets a Little Boy who lives on the streets of Liberia” – fundraising video (2017)
2. “Batman – War Child Holland” (2017) Professional Custom Writing Services from the Experts!
3. “Poverty Extinct 2015 – Millenium Development Goals” – Poster
¨ The essay must be based on relevant course readings, lectures, and tutorial discussions. No additional
external sources can be used. Students must provide examples from the readings to illustrate their
ideas or those of the authors under discussion.
¨ The essay must be clearly organized. It should contain a title page, an introduction, a main body, and
a concluding paragraph. Each paragraph must be clearly structured around a topic sentence (in bold).
¨ The essay must use standard academic referencing style and include a bibliography of all course
sources cited in the assignment.
¨ The use of direct quotes must be kept to a minimum.
¨ Students are encouraged to review the Students Paper & Academic Research Kit (SPARK) in
preparing their assignment for important tips: http://www.yorku.ca/spark/
PENALTIES FOR LATE ASSIGNMENTS:
Assignments are due on October 23. They must be submitted online before 11:59 pm through the
course’s Moodle site. Please note that each essay will be checked through Turnitin for possible breaches
of academic honesty. Individual TAs may also request that students, in addition to submitting online,
hand in a hard copy of their essay. Assignments submitted late will receive a penalty deduction of 2
points per day, including weekends. No essays will be accepted after one week (no exceptions). Late
penalties will be assigned based on the date and time of online submission. Late essays will not
necessarily be returned on the same day as essays submitted by the due date. Students who submit late
assignments must notify their Teaching Assistant and must attach an electronic version of their paper with
the notification message. Students anticipating problems submitting their assignments on time, and who
have proper documentation for their circumstances, must contact their TAs to discuss whether they can be
granted an extension. Requests for extensions after the deadline will not be considered except under
exceptional circumstances. Please note that the course director does not grant extensions.
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