Year 2017 Term Spring Day Thursday Period 1 Credit 2 Code 220
Course Title Indigenous Development and Capacity Building in Rural Area
Major DID
Program Program in Rural and Regional Development
Instructor(s) Ueda, Akiko
Purpose & Description

The main aim of this course is to enable students to understand and evaluate “indigenous development” both in theory and in practice. By the end of this course, students will

(1) understand the current main points of debate on cultural transformation and globalisation,

(2) be able to critically examine the concept of “indigenous development”

(3) be able to contextualise “indigenous development” within the current debate of development and to evaluate its role. 


Main topics of the course include:

  • Globalisation and cultural tranformation
  • "Indigenous development" in the current development debate
  • Indigenous knowledge and development
  • Participatory methods and indigenous development
  • A case from Bhutan: The concept of Gross National Happiness
  • Practices of indigenous development

Texts & References


  • Hobart, M. (ed.) (1993) An Anthropological Critique of Development : The Growth of Ignorance (Routledge)
  • Marglin, F.A. and Marglin, S. A. (eds.) (1990) Dominating Knowledge: Development, Culture and Resistance (Clarendon Press,)
  • Warren, D. M., Slikkerveer, L. J. and Brokensha, D. (eds.) (1994) The Cultural Dimensions of Development: Indigenous Knowledge Systems (London: IT Publication


Participation to the classroom discussion including presentation: 40%

Written assignment(s): 60%

Language(s) for instruction & discussion; Others