Year 2017 Term Spring Day Wednesday Period 3 Credit 2 Code 101
Course Title Introduction to International Development
Major Common Subjects
Instructor(s) Usami, Ito (Coord.)
Purpose & Description

This course will introduce overall framework and essential ideas of International Development and Cooperation with interdisciplinary approach. Participants in this GSID common course are expected to acquire wider knowledge and overview of international development study. Disciplines and crucial issues of International Development will be explained by instructors from six programs, and help participants open up perspectives on International Development.


Part I

April 12     Class 1  (Prof. Usami and Prof. Ito)

Orientation: schedule, management and grading etc.


April 19     Class 2  (Prof. Ito, Social Development and Culture Program)

An Introduction to International Development

This lecture is intended to explore the question of what is development.  It also provides an overview of the filed of studies known as international development studies.


April 26     Class 3  (Prof. Otsubo, Economic Development Policy and Management Program)

An Introduction to International Development: From the Viewpoint of Development Economics

An Introduction to International Development and Development Economics will be presented. Past and recent changes in development paradigms (incl. shifts from MDGs to SDGs) and key challenges to our development community will be introduced. Evolving facets and reasons of poverty will then be discussed from the viewpoint of a development economist.


May 10     Class 4  (Prof. Kusaka, Governance and Law Program)

An Introduction to Development Politics: Politics of Creating Social Order

Development is inevitably political because it is related with resource generation and allocation, which radically affects wellbeing of our lives. I am going to discuss the perspectives to analyze struggles of creating social order which regulates our behaviors and beliefs.


*Submission of comment paper-1/3

Subject: discuss the necessity of interdisciplinary on International Development Studies based on three sessions.


Part II

May 17     Class 5  (Prof. Nishikawa, Peacebuilding Program)

This class focuses on peachbulding in connection with development.  By the end of this class, participants will  be able to grasp the key components of peacebuilding in development practice and why peacebuilding in necessary in development practice.


May 24     Class 6  (Prof. Yamagata, Peacebuilding Program)

The UN collective security system established by its Charter is practically the only tool available for the international society to maintain international peace and security.  This system in the UN will be discussed from the viewpoint of international law, which is often called the law of war and peace.


​May 31     Class 7  (Prof. Ohashi, Social Development and Culture Program)

​This lecture explains women's empowerment as the fifth goal of Sustainable Developemnt Goals and the current approaches to achieving the goal by international organization.


June 7        Class 8 (Prof. Ishikawa, Governance and Law Program)

This session first provides a brief overview of the development of international trade and investment law. It proceeds to examine economic globalization, which lies at the background of the development of both fields of law in modern era. The benefits and dangers associated with economic globalization and the current backlash against it will be discussed.


June 14     Class 9   (Prof. Okada, Education and Human Resources Development Program)



June 21     Class 10  (Prof. Yamada, Education and Human Resources Development Program)

​What is the role of human resources and skilled manpower for development?  What kind of rationales do governments have for investment in education?  This lecture explore the theories and practical issues of educational development planning.


June 28     Class 11  (Prof. Fujikawa, Economic Developemnt Policy and Management Program)

​This lecture explains what were the key factors in the economic devlopment in Japan since Meiji era and what are the challenges to keep Japanese economy sustainable.  This lecture also intorduces what are s the meanings of sustainablity and how to measure sustainability.


July 5     Class 12  (Prof. Usami, Rural and Regional Development Manageemnt Program)

This lecture introduces characteristics of peasants and rural economy in the context of development.  Those characteristics ca be helpful to understand the behavior of peasants.


​July 12  Class 13 (Prof. Ueda, Rural and Regional Development Management Program)

​This lecture examines the situation of inequality in rural areas and some of the measures to reduce it.  It focuses on the food security of households and individuals, and analyses their coping strategies.


* Submission of comment paper

Choose two sessions (but not from the same Program) in the Part II and answer respective questions provided by the professors. Specify the title of lectures and the name of professors you have chosen. Submission should be within one week after the lecture.


Part III

July 19     Class 14  Panel Discussion

Coordinator: Prof. Ito & Prof. Usami

Questions to be discussed: (tentative)

(1) What is the International Development / Cooperation?

(2) How do you deal with the development issues? And what are the challenges?

(3) What is the different between International Development / Cooperation and International Development Studies?



Texts & References

1. Students are Required to read assigned articles etc. before each class, and actively participate in class discussion.
2. Students are 
Required to submit  three comment papers (one from Part I and two from Part II).


Class participation and comment papers.
Grading policy will be explained in the first class.


Language(s) for instruction & discussion; Others

1. Please do not come late to classes.
2. Late attendance and late submission of comment papers are not allowed.
3. The course will be conducted in English.