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 and critical works on development, we adopt a regional focus on Southeast and East Asian with successful and unsuccessful examples. There is also a practical and micro-level focus on the people and communities that 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.
Sato, Jin (2013). “Towards the Dynamic Analysis of Resources.” In The Governance of Natural Resources (Tokyo: U.N.U. Press). Sato, Jin (2002). “Karen and the Land In Between.” In Dawn Chatty and Marcus Colchester eds., Conservation and Mobile Indeginous Peoples. New York: Berghahn Books.
Sato, Jin, ed. (2013). The Governance of Natural Resources. Tokyo: U.N.U. Press.
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, 1992. Biodiversity. London: Zed Books.
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.
United Nations. Social Determinants of Health." Online material (pdf)
Wu Fengshi and Zhang Hongzhou (2016) China's Global Quest for Resources.London: Routledge.
第1回 Explanation of the Course and Assignments. First-day Essay (Required).
Reading material by Vandana Shiva, “Miracle Seeds”, and
In-class essay on the article.
第2回 Main Issues in Development
Esteva, Gustavo. “Development.”
第3回 History and Theory of Development / Definitions of Poverty
Ranema, Majid. “Poverty.” From The Development Dictionary.
第4回 Development Planning and Unexpected Results: Rural Environment
McMichael, Philip. Development and Social Change.
第5回 Development Planning and Problematic Results: Water Resources
McCully, Patrick. Silenced Rivers.
第6回 Measurements and Definitions of Poverty
Sen, Amartya. Commodities and Capabilities, chapters 1 and 2,
“Interest, Well-being, and Advantage” and "Commodities and their
第7回 Poverty and Its Solutions
Sen, Amartya. Poverty and Famines.
第8回 Sustainability in Developing Countries
DISTRIBUTION OF TAKE-HOME MIDTERM ASSIGMENT IN CLASS. (Due the
following week). Reading Material: Sato, Jin.“Karen and the Land In
第9回 Food Insecurity in Economic Growth
Rattan Lal et al. Climate Change and Global Food Security. Collection of the MID-TERM ASSIGNMENT (due at 11:10 a.m.)
第10回 Gender and Development: Globalization and the Feminized Work Force.
Mies, Maria. Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale.
Balakrishnan, Radhika. The Hidden Assembly.
第11回 The ‘Commons’: Traditional Land and Resource Access vs. Privatization
Ostrom, Elinor et al. The Drama of the Commons. Mitsumata, Gaku, A
Study on Japanese ‘Iri-ai’.
第12回 Resources and Policy
Sato, Jin. “Towards the Dynamic Analysis of Resources.”
第13回 Development and Public Health Policy.
United Nations, "Social Determinants of Health."
第14回 Development,the Environment, and Food Security.
Final Essay Test. Required. In-class.
1. A brief essay during the first class of Week 1.
2. The mid-term essay assignment, distributed during the Week 7 class and due at the beginning of class on Week 8. (40%)
3. A final written assignment in early July for course review and test preparation.
4. The final test taken during class on the final day of class, Week 14. (60%)
1. Please attend on the first day of class even if briefly in April 2014, in order to write in the required essay and questionnaire about the class.
2. The class requires that you follow the content weekly and also submit the occasional written assignments online, by the required deadline. 3. Viewing the first class on the first day is required. Submission of the essay distributed during the first class is required. 4. Submission of the mid-term essay assignment online, by the beginning of class on Week 8, is required. Failure to submit the assignment will automatically result in failing the course. 5. The final test on the final day of class (Week 14) is required, and the test must be downloaded and submitted online on that day.
This class is taught at the Graduate level, in English. If you are an undergraduate, you should be in your at least in your 2nd year or higher, and have some background in this topic and be able to read difficult books in English every week.