SOC300 Strayer Comparing Factors that Lead to Underdevelopment Paper

Written Assignment: Comparing Factors that Lead to Underdevelopment



  • Use Morroco and Rwanda
  • Analyze the features that the LDCs have in common using at two of the following nine factors (clearly label the factors using headings) for each of the two countries:
    • geography
    • extractive institutions
    • governmental corruption
    • internal or external conflicts
    • shaky financial systems
    • unfair judicial systems
    • ethnic, racial or tribal disparities
    • lack or misuse of natural resources
    • closed (statist) economies
  • Use at least seven credible sources. Wikipedia, encyclopedias, dictionaries, blogs and other material that does not qualify as reputable academic source work at the college level. Do not use sources that are older than seven years.

Students are expected to research information that details the problem, how it became a problem, why the problem persists, and what government or other entities are involved in resolving the problem. Instead of investigating two factors, the student will need to examine four factors for the two countries.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double-spaced (no extra spacing between paragraphs), using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides.
  • Citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date (do not include an abstract).
  • The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length. Graphs, tables and photographs are not counted toward the length of the paper; only what you have written as text itself.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Determine why private investment, open political competition and the intelligent use of natural resources can serve as incentives to further economic development.
  • Decide why good governance, a sound financial system, and a fair system of judicial justice are necessary to development.
  • Assess why enforceable environmental regulations are critical to sustaining development.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in sociology of developing countries.
  • Write clearly and concisely about sociology of developing countries using proper writing mechanics.

PLEASE READ THIS SECTION BEFORE STARTING: Must use these countries, factors and references to complete the paper.

Morocco- 1) Governmental corruption; 2) Lack or misuse of natural resources

Rwanda-1) Economic growth/development or hindrances to economic development 2) child labor/exploitation


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