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In this class we research and discuss issues of livelihood, environment, health and gender that have been brought about by economic development. In addition to reading theoretical and historical works on development, we adopt a regional focus on Asia and within Asia, mainly on Southeast Asia. There is a practical and micro-level focus on 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.
We look at 5 main issues in contemporary development in rural Asia:
1) Sustainable livelihoods in rural areas
2) Efforts to fulfil Basic Human Needs and Human Security
3) Labor force: gender, migration, wages
4) Public Health issues and policies
5) Impacts of Climate Change on developing countries and populations
In order to gain a grasp of the topics above, students will need to complete a substantial amount of reading each week.
After reading the assigned materials for each week and the lectures on the reading material, all students are expected to participate in questions and discussion.
Students should 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.

Faculty Lynn Thiesmeyer
Term2013 Fall
Level Undergraduate

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#012013/04/11 Explanation of the Course and Assignments. First-day Essay (Required).
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Reading material by Vandana Shiva, “Miracle Seeds”, and
In-class essay on the article.

#022013/04/18 Main Issues in Development
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Esteva, Gustavo. "Development." 

#032013/04/25 History and Theory of Development / Definitions of Poverty
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Ranema, Majid. “Poverty.” From The Development Dictionary.

#042013/05/02 Development Planning and Problematic Results: Rural Environment
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- Deforestation in Northern Laos 1(m2ts)
Shiva, Vandana.  “Biodiversity."

#052013/05/09 Development Planning and Problematic Results: Water Resources
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McCully, Patrick. Silenced Rivers.

#062013/05/16 Measurements and Definitions of Poverty
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Sen, Amartya. Commodities and Capabilities, chapters 1 and 
2, "Interest, Well-being, and Advantage" and "Commodities and 

#072013/05/23 Poverty and Its Solutions
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following week). 
Sen, Amartya. Commodities and Capabilities, chapter 3,
Desire, Well-being

#082013/05/25 Sustainability in Developing Countries
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#092013/05/30 Food Insecurity in Economic Growth
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Submission of TAKE-HOME MIDTERM ASSIGNMENT at the beginning of 
Young, E.M. Food and Development.

#102013/06/06 Gender and Development: International Development Programmes
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Mies, Maria. Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale. 

#112013/06/13 Globalization and the Work Force.
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Balakrishnan, Radhika. The Hidden Assembly. 

#122013/06/20 Development Policy: "Bad" Development
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Chambers, Robert. Whose Reality Counts?

#132013/06/27 Development and Public Health Policy.
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World Bank, Confronting AIDS: Public Priorities in a Global 

#142013/07/04 Development,the Environment, and Food Security.
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Lal et al. Climate Change and Global Food Security. 

#152013/07/11 Final Test. Required. In-class.
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Final Essay Test. Required. In-class. 

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