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This course is taught in English for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. We survey the main problems brought about by economic development in Asia, especially Southeast Asia. We also look at the kinds of solutions that the people living with the development process in these countries are attempting to implement themselves.
The course will focus on the local and community levels of developing countries in order to provide a basic understanding of the history of international development theories and initiatives in Asia from the end of World War II to the present. In particular we will look at various kinds of successful and unsuccessful development projects in Southeast Asia and their sometimes unfortunate impacts on local people. Specifially, we will first seek a more thorough understanding of international development theory and its critiques as well as its initiatives. From this, we go on to consider the concepts and practices of participatory development, using micro-level qualitative data to consider the ways in which local people form their own responses and initiatives for the issues of their livelihood, rural environment, labor migration, and gender balance.

Faculty Lynn Thiesmeyer
Term2010 Fall
Level Undergraduate

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#012010/09/28 Explanation of the Course and Assignments
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- Reading Pack(PDF) [Enrolled Students Only]
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- Reference material (PDF)
In-class essay on the article by Vandana Shiva, “Miracle Seeds” 

#022010/10/05 Main Issues in Development
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Esteba, Gustavo. “Development.” From The Development Dictionary. 
Escobar, Arturo. Encountering Development.

#032010/10/12 History and Theory of Development / Definitions of Poverty
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Ranema, Majid. “Poverty.” From The Development Dictionary.

#042010/10/19 Development Planning and Problematic Results: I
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Vandana Shiva, “Miracle Seeds”

#052010/10/26 Development Planning and Problematic Results: II
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McCully, Patrick. Silenced Rivers. 

#062010/11/02 Measurements and Definitions of Poverty: Critiques
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Sen, Amartya. Commodities and Capabilities, chapter 3 (“Utility, 
Desire, Well-being”)

#072010/11/09 Can Measurements of Poverty Underlie Development Policy?
- Reference material 1(PDF)
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- Mid-term Assignment (due 16 November) [Enrolled Students Only]
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Sen, Amartya. Development as Freedom, chapter 4, “Poverty as 
Capability Deprivation”
Mid-term assignment (essay) distributed and explained in class. 

#082010/11/16 Gender and Development I: Gender Disparities in Participation in Economic Activity
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Momsen, Janet Henshall. Gender and Development.
Mies, Maria. Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale.
Mid-term assignment due at the beginning of class.

#092010/11/30 Gender and Development II: Low-wage Labour in the International Economy
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Balakrishnan, Radhika, ed. The Hidden Assembly Line.

#102010/12/07 Development Policy and “Bad” Development
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Chambers, Robert. Whose Reality Counts?

#112010/12/14 Development and Public Health Policy: HIV and Development Regression
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World Bank.  Confronting AIDS: Public Priorities in a Global 
Epidemic, part I. 

#122010/12/21 Development and its Aims
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Sen, Amartya. Development as Freedom, chapter 2: “Ends and Means of 

#132011/01/11 Final Test. Required. In-class.
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Final Essay Test. Required. In-class. 

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