An holistic examination of key factors that explain why some countries prosper while others do not, despite an abundance of natural resources. Historical case studies will explore the dynamic relationships – for better and worse – among geographic regions. Major economic events, political relationships, cultural/religious conflicts and technological revolutions of the past millennium will be explored. Particular emphasis will examine the impacts of contemporary economic paradigms as paths toward international development. The course curriculum will include directed field projects in the ports we visit, class discussions on reading materials from development literature, as well as analysis and discussion of case studies.
Field WorkCountry: Turkey
In touring Istanbul, students will study the diverse historical eras of this pivotal gateway between Asia and Europe. In particular, students will observe and explore the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman influences on Istanbul's economy and quality of life. How have these factors and tensions been reconciled and/or integrated into Turkey's diverse society? How accessible is quality education? What religious values are evident? Are women full participants in the economy? How formal versus informal is the retail sector? To what extent has Turkey been integrated into the European Union?