Unit 3 Assignment Sheet


Assignment 1. Preparing for the 21st Century

  • Paul Kennedy, "Prologue" in Preparing for the 21st Century (Vintage, 1993), 3-20. [PDF]

Questions to Consider:

  1. According to Kennedy, what was the key reason for the French Revolution?
  2. What was the 18th century debate between the optimists and the pessimists about? Who were the standard bearers for each side?
  3. What three factors offset the forecast of “inevitable famine”?
  4. Explain the following quote, “Thus, the power of population was answered not so much by the power in the earth itself, but by the power of technology….” P. 9.
  5. According to Kennedy how are the late 18th century and the 21st century related? What are some of the differences that citizens of the 21st century face that make the challenges more daunting than that of their predecessors
  6. What is the paradox of progress?
  7. What influences a nation’s receptivity to change? What values are supportive of change?

Assignment 2. The Demographic Explosion

  • Paul Kennedy, "The Demographic Explosion" in Preparing for the 21st Century (Vintage, 1993), 21-46. [PDF]

Questions to Consider:

  1. Define demography.
  2. Describe the demographic changes that will characterize this century.
  3. How does the demographic explosion affect urbanization?
  4. Why is the AIDS epidemic a counterproductive method of limiting population?
  5. State the pro-natalist position on population growth.
  6. How is the environment damaged by both industrial and developing societies?
  7. Explain how the demographic explosion affects national security?
  8. What are the positive and negative characteristics of an aging population?
  9. What social fears does a loss in population engender?
  10. Why doesn’t migration solve the problem of overpopulation in develop countries and loss of population in industrial countries?
  11. What are “western values” and how does the demographic explosion affect them?

Assignment 3. Planet of Slums

  • Mike Davis, "Planet of Slums." [PDF]

Click Here for Questions to help with the Mike Davis Reading

Assignment 4. Curitiba

  • Mckibben, "A Model for Global Development" CommonDreams.Org, November 8, 2005. [LINK]
  • Examine this website on Curitiba [LINK]

Questions to Consider:

  1. What's the challenge for a small city like Curitiba?
  2. How were these challengest met?
  3. Can Curitiba be a model for other cities in the midst of growth?

Assignment 5. Challenges to Neoliberal Hegemony--Case Study Bolivia

  • William Finnegan, "Letter from Bolivia: Leasing the Rain," The New Yorker, April 8, 2002. [PDF]
  • If interested, watch this video with Damien Lewis, Bolivia for Sale. [LINK]

Assignment 6. What makes Countries Rich or Poor

  • Jared Diamond, "What makes Countries Rich or Poor,"New York Review of Books (June 7. 2012).
  • [PDF]

Assignment 7. Does Foreign Aid work?

  • William Easterly, "Review of Dambisa Moya's book Dead Aid" (June 2009).
  • [PDF]

Assignment 8. A World With Walls

  • Mark Rice-Oxley, "Why are we building new walls to divide us," The Guardian, November 19, 2013. [LINK]
  • John Henley, "Walls: an illusion of security from Berlin to the West Bank," The Guardian, November 19, 2013. [LINK]
  • Wall on Wall: An Exhibition [LINK]

Assignment 9.  Millenium Development Goals

  • UN Millenium Goals Declaration (2000) [LINK]
  • Take a look at the "Eight Goals for 2015" and click on each of the specific goals and then examine the "Where do We Stand" charts: [LINK]
  • "Millennium development goals: big ideas, broken promises? - interactive," The Guardian (Tuesday 24 September 2013). [LINK]

Assignment 10. Framework for the Post-Millenium Development Goals (Visit by Dr. Gary Conille)

  • Take a look at this Report for a Framework for Post-2015 [LINK]

Assignment 11. The Biotechnology of Food

  • Jonathan Rauch, "Will Frankenfood Save the Planet?" Atlantic Monthly, October, 1003, p. 103-108. [PDF]
  • If you have time:Richard Lewontin, "Genes in the Food," New York Review of Books, June 21, 2001. [PDF]



Assignment 12.



Globalization, Diet, and Nutrition (Double period with Dr. Anne Paxton)

  • "Interview with Michael Polan conducted by Amy Goodman," DemocracyNow.Org (February, 13, 2008)
  • [LINK]

Assignment 13. The Origins of the Arab Spring

  • Nurulla Ardic, "Understanding the 'Arab Spring': Justice, Dignity, Religion and International Politics," Afro Eurasian Studies, Vol 1, Issue 1 (Spring 2012), 8-52.
  • [LINK]

Assignment 14. The Future of the Arab Spring

  • Hussein Agha & Robert Malley, "This is Not a Revolution," New York Review of Books (November 8, 2012).
  • [PDF]


  • John Micklethwait & Adrian Woolridge, “The Globalization Backlash,” Foreign Policy No. 126 (Sep.-Oct., 2001), 16-18, 20, 22, 24, 26.
  • [PDF]

The Chinese Alternative

  • David Harvey, "Neoliberalism 'with Chinese Charateristics,'" in A Brief History of Neoliberalism (Oxford, 2007), p. 120-151.
  • [PDF]


The Biotechnology of Food

  • Jonathan Rauch, "Will Frankenfood Save the Planet?" Atlantic Monthly, October, 1003, p. 103-108. [PDF]
  • If you have time:Richard Lewontin, "Genes in the Food," New York Review of Books, June 21, 2001. [PDF]