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ADVANCED RESEARCH(DEVELOPING REGIONS OF ASIA)

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TitleADVANCED RESEARCH(DEVELOPING REGIONS OF ASIA) [ Syllabus ]

This is a graduate-level course taught in English. The focus of the course is on the theory and practice of fieldwork in developing countries, and the objective is to enable graduate students to do Master's-level fieldwork.
Overview and Background of the Course: To learn to do appropriate fieldwork, analyze it, and incorporate it into a thesis. Students should consider the following: How are we to survey and understand the impacts that modernization and development programs undertaken by developed countries have produced on developing countries? We know that first-world development planning has brought benefits and also left problems in its wake. At present, the United Nations, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the World Bank), the IMF, and national governments are emphasizing "participatory development” and “sustainable development." To be implemented, however, participatory and sustainable development must be based on accurate knowledge of the everyday lives, needs and skills of the local people, to be derived from localized surveys, action, fieldwork, and analysis. As a background to this knowledge we need, ・ First, a thorough understanding of the regional, national and local circumstances of the communities to be surveyed. Understanding the social and institutional frameworks within which people experience their needs and implement their own skills is the basis for surveys. ・ Second, we need 'theoretical literacy', the familiarity with the major scholarly and critical works of a conceptual nature on the subjects of social and economic change and development. ・ Third, we need the practical skills to undertake and analyze qualitative research, including questionnaires, ethnographic interviews, and group discussions at field sites. To collect and understand qualitative research we learn skills in research design and how to minimize the biases of the researcher as well as the individual subjectivity of the respondents. ・ Finally, we need to discuss ways to combine the 3 aspects above with each other through regression and correspondence, in order to produce convincing findings for a thesis and for policy recommendations.


Faculty Lynn Thiesmeyer
Term2015 Fall
Level Graduate


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#012015/09/24 Week 1   Course Introduction: Human Subjects and Human Networks
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In-class essay on Goffman, Erving, “On Fieldwork”


#022015/10/01 Week 2  Surveying Places and Environments
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 Geertz, Clifford. “Thick Description.”


#032015/10/08 Week 3 Surveying People
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Charmaz, Kathy. “Grounded Theory”


#042015/10/15 Week 4 Ethnographic Methods
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Sanjek, Roger. “On Ethnographic Validity.”


#052015/10/22 Week 5 Fieldwork Back Home
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Razavi, Shahrashoub. “Fieldwork in a Familiar Setting.”


#062015/10/29 Week 6 Quantitative Methods
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Overton and van Diermen, “Using Quantitative Techniques”


#072015/11/05 Week 7 Social Change and Movement
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Da Corta, “Fieldwork for Economic Mobility”


#082015/11/26 Week 8 Public Health and Environment
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McMichael and Martens, “Global Environmental Changes: anticipating 
and assessing risks to health”


#092015/12/03 Week 9 Environmental Impact Surveys
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McCully, “Rivers no More: The Environmental Effecs of Dams.”


#102015/12/10 Week 10 Surveying Communities in developing regions
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Rapid Rural Appraisal


#112015/12/17 Week 11 Assets / Needs / Opportunities: Economic Frameworks to Understand Data
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Sen, Amartya. Commodities and Capabilities; and Poverty and Famines


#122016/01/07 Week 12 Output Final Presentations by Students
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#132016/01/09 Week 13 Output Final Presentations by Students【補講:12/24休講分】
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#142016/01/14 Week 14 Output Final Presentations by Students
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Final Presentations by Students


#152016/01/14 Week 15 (Extra Assignment and Discussion)
We will bring our own fieldwork examples (with text and visual data) 
and discuss them together at a time to be decided during the Fall 
term. 


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