Spring 2013 : African American Studies 112B Political and Economic Development in the Third World112B. Political and Economic Development in the Third World. (4) Three hours of lecture and one hour of discussion per week. A critical appraisal of the theoretically based policies employed by Third World nations in their attempts at transition to modernized developed socio-political and economic systems and an examination of the international and intranational impediments to Third World development. The focus will be on actual examples that represent the diversity of developing countries.