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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 and critical works on development, we adopt a regional focus on Southeast and East Asian with successful and unsuccessful examples. There is also a practical and micro-level focus on the people and communities that 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
Term2015 Fall
Level Undergraduate

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#012015/04/09 Explanation of the Course and Assignments. First-day Essay (Required).
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- Reference Material(PDF)
Reading material by Vandana Shiva, “Miracle Seeds”, and
In-class essay on the article.

#022015/04/16 Main Issues in Development
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Esteva, Gustavo. "Development." 

#032015/04/23 History and Theory of Development / Definitions of Poverty
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Ranema, Majid. “Poverty.” From The Development Dictionary.

#042015/05/07 Development Planning and Problematic Results: Rural Environment
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McMichael, Philip. Development and Social Change. 

#052015/05/14 Development Planning and Problematic Results: Water Resources
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McCully, Patrick. Silenced Rivers.

#062015/05/21 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 
their Use"

#072015/05/28 Poverty and Its Solutions
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Sen, Amartya. Poverty and Famines. 

#082015/06/04 Sustainability in Developing Countries
- Mid-term Assignment 2015 (PDF)
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following week.) Reading Material: Sato, Jin.“Karen and the Land In 

#092015/06/11 Food Insecurity in Economic Growth
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Submission of TAKE-HOME MIDTERM ASSIGNMENT at the beginning of 
Rattan Lal et al., Climate Change and Global Food Security. 

#102015/06/18 Gender, Globalization and the Work Force
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Mies, Maria. Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale.  
Balakrishnan, Radhika. The Hidden Assembly. 

#112015/06/25 Environment, Resources, and Human Impacts.
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Ostrom, Elinor et al., eds. The Drama of the Commons.            
Mitsumata, Gaku, A Study on Japanese 'Iriai'. 

#122015/07/02 Resources and Policy
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Sato, Jin.“Towards the Dynamic Analysis of Resources.”

#132015/07/09 Development and Public Health Policy.
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- 15th Week Assignment (PDF)
World Bank, Confronting AIDS: Public Priorities in a Global 

#142015/07/16 【非公開】Final In-class Essay.
- Final In-class Test for Local Development (PDF)
Final Essay Test, In-class. 

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