2016 Introduction to International Development

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Abe Naoya  Takada Jun-Ichi  Yamaguchi Shinobu      Tanaka Kohtaro  Hotta Yasuhiko     
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Mon7-8(S611)  Fri3-4(S611)  
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Course description and aims

This course aims to provide an understanding of basic concepts and goals of international development through case studies, which will be explained by guest speakers who are working at the frontier of various fields of development. The guest speakers have or had rich experiences in development aid, development consulting, civic institutions work and private firm business. The course will consist of the combination of lectures and group discussions and presentations.

Student learning outcomes

This course equips the students with the following skills:
1) they can understand the various work and roles of various development related organizations and examine the current state and issues in developing countries.
2) they can propose how they can solve issues through case studies
3) they can strengthen their group-work skills through discussions with other students


International Development, Transdisciplinary approach, civic society

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course consists of lectures and group-work.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction of the course and its outline TBA
Class 2 Current Trends in International Development TBA(Topic 1)
Class 3 Group presentation (Topic 1) na
Class 4 Work and role of the development aid agency TBA(Topic 2)
Class 5 Role and significance of education in development and ICT application TBA(Topic 3)
Class 6 Group presentation (Topic 2) na
Class 7 Group presentation (Topic 3) na
Class 8 Work and role of the development consultant TBA(Topic 4)
Class 9 Role and significance of higher education of science and engineering in development TBA(Topic 5)
Class 10 Group presentation (Topic 4) na
Class 11 Group presentation (Topic 5) na
Class 12 Role and significance of private company business in development TBA(Topic 6)
Class 13 Role and significance of Non-governmental organization (NGO) or Not-for-Profit Organization (NPO) in development TBA(Topic 7)
Class 14 Group presentation (Topic 6)
Class 15 Group presentation (Topic 7)


There is no assigned textbook for this course. If necessary, handouts will be distributed.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

As above

Assessment criteria and methods

Individual reports (roughly 60%) and group presentation (roughly 40%)

Related courses

  • TSE.C302 : Introduction to Development Economics
  • TSE.C303 : Introduction to Global Development

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)


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