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(Spring Semester of Academic Year 2020)

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e-Courses Offered

    REGIONAL INFOMATIZATION ( Yoshinori Isagai ) 2 credits
    Yoshinori Isagai The course summary for 2019 (The course summary for 2020 will be available in March.)

    In this class, the latest movement of community informatics is introduced, and the meanings, the possibilitis and the problems are considered as well. We will focus especially on “community informatics projects”, which aim to solve the community problems using information technology through the collaboration with various entities such as NPO, corporation, government and university. The class is for those who are interested in urban development making the best use of information technology, community innovation and policy making of community informatics.

    * This course is conducted in Japanese

    ( Vu Le Thao Chi )
    2 credits
    Vu Le Thao Chi The course summary for 2019 (The course summary for 2020 will be available in March.)

    The purpose of the course is to approach human (in)security by examining the role of the state in its services to the people, the services that the state can provide and the extent to which the state services can reach out for its people. Examining risks presented to the individuals due to the lack of services and/or the limited coverage of existing services are also another focus of the course. The role of the government (acting in the name of the state), theoretically speaking, is to design policies and offer services to its people and in return, people pay taxes in order to enjoy the services provided, that is, public goods. Depending on the extension of services it can provide can one state be considered either a night watchman state or a welfare state. How do the people carry out their daily life given the presence/absence of the protection from its state in certain area? Even where the state is involved, there is no assurance that such policies and/or services are comprehensive enough to cover everyone, or even effective for many. Furthermore, even with these problems, these policies and services may either give so little autonomy to their beneficiaries (people). The course will use examples of health, police, education, etc as illustrations to examine how different types of states deal with each issue and how their approach influence the living of its people.

    * This course is conducted in English.

    DEVELOPMENT AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY ( Lynn Thiesmeyer ) 2 credits
    Lynn Thiesmeyer The course summary for 2019 (The course summary for 2020 will be available in March.)

    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.

    * This course is conducted in English.

    NETWORK INDUSTRIES ( Takeshi Natsuno ) 2 credits
    Takeshi Natsuno The course summary is Japanese only. Please refer to Japanese Page.

    * This course is conducted in Japanese

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