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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.

Faculty Lynn Thiesmeyer
Term2014 Fall
Level Undergraduate

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#012014/04/10 Explanation of the Course and Assignments. First-day Essay (Required).
- Lecture Material (PDF)
- MONO CULTURES OF THE MIND (PDF) [Enrolled Students Only]
Reading material by Vandana Shiva, “Miracle Seeds”, and
In-class essay on the article.

#022014/04/17 Main Issues in Development
- Lecture Material (PDF)
Esteva, Gustavo. "Development." 

#032014/04/24 History and Theory of Development / Definitions of Poverty
- Lecture Material (PDF)
Ranema, Majid. “Poverty.” From The Development Dictionary.

#042014/05/01 Development Planning and Problematic Results: Rural Environment
- Lecture Material (PDF)
McMichael, Philip. Development and Social Change. 

#052014/05/08 Development Planning and Problematic Results: Water Resources
- Lecture Material (PDF)
McCully, Patrick. Silenced Rivers.

#062014/05/15 Measurements and Definitions of Poverty
- Lecture Material (PDF)
- Poverty and Famines (PDF) [Enrolled Students Only]
Sen, Amartya. Commodities and Capabilities, chapters 1 and 
2, "Interest, Well-being, and Advantage" and "Commodities and 

#072014/05/22 Poverty and Its Solutions
- Lecture Material (PDF)
Sen, Amartya. Commodities and Capabilities, chapter 3,
Desire, Well-being

#082014/06/05 Sustainability in Developing Countries
- Lecture Material (PDF)
- MID-TERM ASSIGNMENT (Required) 必修 !
following week).
Sen, Amartya. Poverty and Famines. 

#092014/06/12 Food Insecurity in Economic Growth
- Lecture Material (PDF)
Submission of TAKE-HOME MIDTERM ASSIGNMENT at the beginning of 
Rattan Lal et al., Climate Change and Global Food Security. 

#102014/06/19 Gender, Globalization and the Work Force
- Lecture Material (PDF)
Mies, Maria. Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale.  
Balakrishnan, Radhika. The Hidden Assembly. 

#112014/06/26 Environment, Resources, and Human Impacts.
- Lecture Material -Mitsumata(PDF)
- Explanation and Illustrations of The Commons / Resources
Ostrom, Elinor et al., eds. The Drama of the Commons.   Mitsumata, 
Gaku, A Study on Japanese 'Iriai'. 

#122014/07/03 Bio-diversity
- Lecture Material (PDF)
- 15th Week Substitute-Assignment
Shiva, Vandana, ed. Biodiversity. 

#132014/07/10 Development and Public Health Policy.
- Lecture Material (PDF)
World Bank, Confronting AIDS: Public Priorities in a Global 

#142014/07/17 【非公開】Final In-class Essay.
- Final In-class Essay (PDF) [Enrolled Students Only]
Final Essay Test, In-class. 

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