Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus
Course Summary (Syllabus)


    Semester : 2020 Spring
    Code : 65020 / 2 Credits

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.
    9.Shiva, Vandana, 1993. “Miracle Seeds and the Loss of Genetic Diversity.” Monocultures of the Mind. Zed Books.
    10.Sen, Amartya, 1999. Commodities and Capabilities, chs. 1,2, and 3. Oxford University Press.
    11.Sen, Amartya, 1981. Poverty and Famines. Oxford University Press. World Bank, 1999.
    12. (United Nations. “Social Determinants of Health.")


    #1 4.30 第1回 Explanation of the Course and Assignments. First-day Essay (Required).
    Reading material by Vandana Shiva, “Miracle Seeds, and
    In-class essay and questionnaire which is uploaded at SFC-SFS at the beginning of class.

    #2 5.2 Sat. (土) 第2回 Main Issues in Development
    Esteva, Gustavo. "Development."

    #3 5.7 第3回 History and Theory of Development: Definitions of Poverty
    Ranema, Majid. “Poverty.” From The Development Dictionary.

    #4 5.14 第4回 Economic Development and “Social” Development
    McMichael, Philip. Development and Social Change.

    #5 5.21 第5回 Development Planning and Problematic Results: Water Resources
    McCully, Patrick. Silenced Rivers.

    #6 5.28 第6回 Measurements and Definitions of Poverty, part 1
    Sen, Amartya. 1 and 2, "Interest, Well-being, and Advantage" and "Commodities and their Use"

    #7 6.4 第7回 Measurements and Definitions of Poverty, part 2
    Sen, Amartya. Commodities and Capabilities, chapter 3: "Utility, Desire, Well-being"

    #8 6.6 Sat. (土) 第8回 Uploading / Distribution of Mid-term Assignment / Food Insecurity in Economic Growth, part I
    Sen, Amartya, Poverty and Famines.

    #9 6.11 第9回 SUMBMISSION of Midt-term Assignment by Email. / Food Insecurity in Economic Growth part 2
    1)Upload OF MIDTERM ASSIGMENT during the class period. Uploaded at SFC-SFS.
    Submit the following week (6.18) at 13:00. You must write the uploaded answer sheet in WORD format.

    2) Rattan Lal et al., Climate Change and Global Food Security. (Revised on May 28)

    #10 6.18 第10回 Gender, Globalization and the Workforce, part 1
    1) Online submission of the Mid-term Assignment. Submit online by 13:00 at SFC-SFS.

    2)Mies, Maria. Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale.

    #11 6.25 第11回 Globalization and the Workforce, part 2
    Balakrishnan, Radhika. "The Hidden Assembly Line."

    #12 7.2 第12回 The 'Commons': Traditional Land and Resource Access vs. Privatization
    Mitsumata, Gaku. "A Study on Japanese 'Iriai."

    #13 7.9 第13回 Development and Public Health
    World Bank, Confronting AIDS: Public Priorities in a Global Epidemic.

    #14 7. 11 Sat. (土) 第14回 Food Security and Economic Security
    Shiva, Vandana. "Miracle Seeds." In-depth discussion and review for Final Test to be uploaded by the instructor during the online class on 7.16.

    #15 7.16 第15回 Final Test ON-CAMPUS
    Final in Essay format. Test is uploaded on 7.18 by 18:00, and MUST BE submitted on the same day, 7.18, by 19:30 pm.

4. Assignments/Examination/Grad Eval.

    All assignments and tests will be uploaded online for that week's class.
    1. REQUIRED A brief essay during the first class (Week 1). Essay is uploaded on SFC-SFS.
    2. REQUIRED The mid-term essay assignment, uploaded during the Week 8 class and due at the beginning of class on Week 9/ This assignment is a requirement. 40% of final grade.
    3. REQUIRED The final essay, uploaded, written and submitted on the day of the final class in Week 15. 60% of final grade.

5. Special Note

    1. Please access the class page on the first week of class in order to 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 can automatically result in failing the course. Please notify the professor and the TA if you must be absent.
    3. Submission of the mid-term essay assignment is required. Failure to submit the assignment will automatically result in failing the course. 4. The final essay on the final day of class (Week 15) is required. The final essay will be uploaded after the class period, and you must write and submit it online on the same day.

6. Prerequisit / Related courses


7. Conditions to take this course

    This class is taught mainly at the Graduate level, in English. Itis not particularly recommended for 1st-year undergraduates; it is recommended that undergraduates be 2nd year or higher. You should be able to read somewhat difficult materials in English every week.

8. Relation with past courses


9. Course URL

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