Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus
Course Summary (Syllabus)
DEVELOPMENT AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY﹛﹋Lynn Thiesmeyer﹌
1. Objectives/Teaching method
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 and migration (domestic and cross-border) and 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
1.Balakrishnan, Radhika, ed., 2002. The Hidden Assembly Line. Kumarian Press.
2.Esteba, Gustavo. ﹍Development.﹎ From The Development Dictionary.
3.Lal, Rattan, et al. eds., 2005. Global Climate Change and Food Security. Taylor & Francis.
4.McCully, Patrick, 2001. Silenced Rivers. Zed Books.
5.McMichael, Philip, 2004. Development and Social Change. Pine Forge Press.
6.Mies, Maria, 1998. Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale. Zed Books.
7.Mitsumata, Gaku, 2011. A Study of Japanese 'Iriai' + Sato, Jin, 2013. The Governance of Natural Resources.
8.Ranema, Majid. ﹍Poverty.﹎ From The Development Dictionary. Princeton University Press, 1994.
10.Shiva, Vandana, 1993. ﹍Miracle Seeds and the Loss of Genetic Diversity.﹎ Monocultures of the Mind. Zed Books.
11.Sen, Amartya, 1999. Commodities and Capabilities, chs. 1,2, and 3. Oxford University Press.
12.Sen, Amartya, 1981. Poverty and Famines. Oxford University Press. World Bank, 1999.
13. (United Nations. ﹍Social Determinants of Health.")
#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 Economic Development and ﹍Social﹎ Development
McMichael, Philip. Development and Social Change.
#5 Development Planning and Problematic Results: Water Resources
McCully, Patrick. Silenced Rivers.
#6 Measurements and Definitions of Poverty, part I
Sen, Amartya. 1 and 2, "Interest, Well-being, and Advantage"
and "Commodities and their Use"
#7 Measurements and Definitions of Poverty, part II
Sen, Amartya. Commodities and Capabilities, chapter 3: "Utility,
#8 Sat. 蘿﹛怀墅﹛Food Insecurity in Economic Growth, part I
1) Sen, Amartya, Poverty and Famines.
2) Practice and Review for Mid-term.
#9 Food Insecurity in Economic Growth part 2
1) DISTRIBUTION OF TAKE-HOME MIDTERM ASSIGMENT IN CLASS. (Due the following week.
2) Rattan Lal et al., Climate Change and Global Food Security.
(Revised on May 28)
#10 Gender, Globalization and the Workforce, part I
1) SUBMISSION of MIDTERM Take-home Assignment, in class.
2)Mies, Maria. Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale.
#11 Globalization and the Workforce, part II
Balakrishnan, Radhika. "The Hidden Assembly Line."
#12 The Commons: Traditional Land and Resource Access vs. Privatization
Mitsumata, Gaku. "A Study on Japanese 'Iriai."
#13 Development and Public Health Policy.
1) World Bank, Confronting AIDS: Public Priorities in a Global
Epidemic. 2) As a substitute "Week 15", an assignment will be distributed as a practice for the Final Test.
#14 Final In-class Essay.
Final Essay Test, In-class. The regular, distributed class materials may be brought in and used during the test.
#15 The assigment distributed on 7/11 serves as a subsitute for Week 15.
Take-home Essay distributed on 7.11, as preparation for Final Test on
7.18 (14th Week)
4. Assignments/Examination/Grad Eval.
1. A brief essay during the first class ﹋Week 1﹌.
2. The mid-term essay assignment, distributed during the Week 8 class and due at the beginning of class on Week 9. 40%
3‘A written assignment near the end of the term, for the purpose of review and preparation for the final test.
3. The final test, taken during the final class in Week 14. 60%
5. Special Note
1. Please attend on the first day of class even if briefly (first week of April), in order to write in the required essay and the questionnaire about the requirements of the class.
2. The class is also based on attendance. According to Keio's Student Handbook, 4 or more absences without excuse will automatically result in failing the course. Please notify the professor and the TA if you must be absent.
2. Attendance at the first class is required. Submit the essay distributed during the first class.
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
This is a university-level class which allows you to learn the fundamentals of development through the reading materials by development experts. We do not rely on subjective opinion or on mass-media reports.
7. Conditions to take this course
This class is taught mainly at the Graduate level, in English. It is recommended that undergraduates be 2nd year or higher. You should also be able to read somewhat difficult materials in English every week.
8. Relation with past courses
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