Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus
Course Summary (Syllabus)
DEVELOPMENT AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY （Lynn Thiesmeyer）
1. Objectives/Teaching method
In this class we research and discuss issues of livelihood, environmental resources, health, and migration within the ASEAN countries. We focus on the issues that have arisen with economic development. In addition to reading theoretical works on development, we adopt a regional focus on Asia. Within Asia, we focus mainly on Southeast Asia. There is also a practical and micro-level focus on the people and communities in developing regions who are experiencing development themselves. After the mid-term, we explore various strategies for Sustainable Development and participatory development by looking at some current projects in Asia.
We look at 5 main issues in contemporary development in rural Asia: 1) Unsustainable and Sustainable livelihoods in rural areas 2) Efforts to fulfil Basic Human Needs and Human Security 3) Labor force: gender, migration (both domestic and cross-border), wages 4) Public Health issues and policies 5) Impacts of Climate Change on developing countries and populations
For a basic grasp of the topics above, students will need to complete a fair amount of reading each week. After reading the assigned materials for each week and participating in the lectures on the reading material, students are expected to participate in questions and discussion. Students should also look at the materials and issues from a multi-faceted point of view. For this purpose they should also research on their own into other relevant primary sources, including books, websites, and current statistical data. Suggestions on these other materials are offered in class.
2. Materials/Reading List
Balakrishnan, Radhika, ed., 2002. The Hidden Assembly Line. Kumarian Press. Esteba, Gustavo. “Development.” From The Development Dictionary. Ranema, Majid. “Poverty.” From The Development Dictionary. Princeton University Press, 1994. Vandana Shiva, 1991. Biodiversity. Zed Books. Shiva, Vandana. Biodiversity: Social & Ecological Perspectives. Zed Books, 1991. Lal, Rattan, et al. eds., 2005. Global Climate Change and Food Security. Taylor & Francis. McCully, Patrick, 2001. Silenced Rivers. Zed Books. McMichael, Philip, 2004. Development and Social Change. Pine Forge Press. Mies, Maria, 1998. Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale. Zed Books. Mitsumata, Gaku, 2011. A Study of Japanese 'Iriai'. Sato, Jin, 2013. The Governance of Natural Resources. University of Tokyo Press. United Nations University Press. Vandana Shiva, “Miracle Seeds and the Loss of Genetic Diversity.” In Monocultures of the Mind. Zed Books, 1993. Sen, Amartya, 1999. Commodities and Capabilities, chapters 1,2, and 3. Oxford University Press. Sen, Amartya, 1981. Poverty and Famines. Oxford University Press. World Bank, 1999. Confronting AIDS: Public Priorities in a Global Epidemic, part I. World Bank Policy Reports.
#1 Explanation of the Course and Assignments. First-day Essay (Required).
Reading material by Vandana Shiva, “Miracle Seeds”, and
In-class essay on the article.
#2 Main Issues in Development
Esteva, Gustavo. "Development."
#3 History and Theory of Development / Definitions of Poverty
Ranema, Majid. “Poverty.” From The Development Dictionary.
#4 Development Planning and Problematic Results: Rural Environment
McMichael, Philip. Development and Social Change.
#5 Development Planning and Problematic Results: Water Resources
McCully, Patrick. Silenced Rivers.
#6 Measurements and Definitions of Poverty
Sen, Amartya. Commodities and Capabilities, chapters 1 and
2, "Interest, Well-being, and Advantage" and "Commodities and
#7 Poverty and Its Solutions
Sen, Amartya. Commodities and Capabilities, chapter 3,
#8 Sustainability in Developing Countries
DISTRIBUTION OF TAKE-HOME MIDTERM ASSIGMENT IN CLASS. (Due the
Sen, Amartya. Poverty and Famines.
#9 Food Insecurity in Economic Growth
Submission of TAKE-HOME MIDTERM ASSIGNMENT at the beginning of
Rattan Lal et al., Climate Change and Global Food Security.
#10 Gender, Globalization and the Work Force
Mies, Maria. Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale.
Balakrishnan, Radhika. The Hidden Assembly.
#11 Environment, Resources, and Human Impacts.
Ostrom, Elinor et al., eds. The Drama of the Commons. Mitsumata,
Gaku, A Study on Japanese 'Iriai'.
Shiva, Vandana, ed. Biodiversity.
#13 Development and Public Health Policy.
World Bank, Confronting AIDS: Public Priorities in a Global
#14 Final In-class Essay.
Final Essay Test, In-class.
4. Assignments/Examination/Grad Eval.
1. A brief essay during the first class of Week 1.
2. The mid-term essay assignment, distributed during the Week 8 class and due at the beginning of class on Week 9.
3. The final test, taken during the class on the final day of class, Week 14.
5. Special Note
1. Please attend on the first day of class even if briefly (11 April 2013), in order to write in the required essay for Student Selection and questionnaire about the class.
2. The class is also based on attendance. 4 or more absences without excuse will automatically result in failing the course. 2. Attendance at the first class is required. Submission of the essay distributed during the first class is required. 3. Submission of the mid-term essay assignment, by the beginning of class on Week 9, is required. Failure to submit the assignment will automatically result in failing the course. 4. The final test on the final day of class (Week 14) is required. Attendance on that day is required.
6. Prerequisit / Related courses
7. Conditions to take this course
This class is taught at the Graduate level, in English. If you are an undergraduate, you should be at least a 2nd-year student or higher, and you should be able to read difficult books in English every week.
8. Relation with past courses
9. Course URL