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Course NameLearning Global Cooperation in English
InstructorTakahashi, Kaoko
MajorMajor Subjects
By the end of the course, students should have:
- General understanding of major theories and models of international development, including their assumptions and implications
- Good grasp of key actors/institutions and issues in the field of development
- Improved research and communication skills by strengthening a balanced input-output ability
Course outline<OVERVIEW> This course is designed to provide students with fundamental knowledge to comprehend international development studies in both theoretical as well as practical terms. It begins with crucial questions on the meanings and objectives of what we conceive by so-called “development.” Then it explores contented grounds in the evolutions of development theories and models from economic, social, political and cultural dimentions. Based on the understanding of how such theories and models have been legitimized in the history, the course proceeds to observation and analysis on actors/institutions identified and issues addressed in a contemporary world. Throughout, the course grapples with important perspectives and concerns when considering development and cooperation on a global scale. This course is an interactive seminar-style lecture. It mainly consists of the following three components: explanatory lecture in English, summarized follow-up in Japanese, and small group discussion. Besides, students are asked to engage in a group work. In the latter part of the course, each group is given a chance of presentation, demonstrating research outcomes in conformity with what it has examined.
Evaluation Scale and Policies<GRADING> This course is written-intensive, discussion-oriented. Students are highly encouraged to take the lead in exchanging their own opinions and ideas.
* In-class Exam 30% (including short essay)
* Group Presentation 30%
* Attendance (including response card) 30%
* Participation & Contribution 10%
Texts, materials, and supplies<COURSE TEXTS> The textbook of this course is as follows (tentative). * Willis, Katie (2011). Theories and Practices of Development (Second edition), Routledge. Additional reading materials and references are to be announced in class. Students are required to complete all the reading assignments and well prepared for the class.
Course Schedule/Plan<TENTATIVE COURSE SCHEDULE> This course plans to follow the list of weekly topics shown below.
1. Course Guidance
2. What is “Development”?
3. Development Theories and Economic Progress
4. Development Theories and Social System
5. Rural and Urban Poverty
6. Bottom-up Approach and Participatory Development
7. Social and Cultural Aspects of Development
8. Environment and Sustainability
9. Globalization: Process and Consequences
10. International Cooperation and Japanese Society
11. Wrap-up: Development Agenda and its Prospects
12. Group presentation (1)
13. Group Presentation (2)
14. Group Presentation (3)
15. In-class Exam