Week 1 and Week 2 discussion: Amartya Sen, in one of your readings, argues t

Week 1 and Week 2 discussion: Amartya Sen, in one of your readings, argues that “one of the functionings that may be thought to be particularly important in assessing the nature of development is the freedom to choose.” Discuss what he means with this statement and how it relates to what you have read in Chapters 1 and 2 of your textbook.
Week 3 and Week 4 discussion: K. Marx, in Chapter 31 of Capital Vol. 1, discusses the origins of capitalist development and F. Engels in Chapter 3 of the Condition of the Working Class in England, discusses the state of workers in the great towns. Discuss what the main tenets of their arguments in these pieces are and what kind of a picture do they depict of capitalist development? Do you see any similarities with today, in either advanced or developing economies?
Week 6 and Week 8: Discuss what kind of policies can a developmental state implement in order to further economic growth and development. What are the limits to these policies?
Week 13 discussion Last week: We are finally arriving to the end of the semester. There are no assigned readings for these last week.
In the last week of this class, I expect you to do some research.
Your research topic is the link between economic development and crime and corruption. I expect each one of you to find articles, news pieces, videos etc. on the link between economic development and crime and corruption and share them (with your summary and comments) on the discussion board under “development, crime and corruption” thread. I also expect you to comment on each other’s findings and comments. You will be graded on the discussion forum.
Feel free to also make suggestions to each other and engage in joing research as well.
Use textbook below
Title: The Process of Economic Development
Author: James M. Cypher
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication Date: April 24, 2014

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