2020 Introduction to International Development

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Instructor(s)
Abe Naoya      Ichiguchi Tomohide  Hotta Yasuhiko     
Course component(s)
Lecture
Mode of instruction
ZOOM
Day/Period(Room No.)
Mon3-4(石川台6号館404号室(共創コモンズ))  Thr3-4(石川台6号館404号室(共創コモンズ))  
Group
-
Course number
TSE.C301
Credits
2
Academic year
2020
Offered quarter
1Q
Syllabus updated
2020/9/18
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
English
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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 rich experiences in development aid, development consulting, civic institutions 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) Students can analyze today's global social issues, including those issues in developing countries by understanding various practical work and roles, which are conducted at various organizations.
2) Students can how they can solve issues through case studies
3) Students can exercise their group-work skills through discussions with other students

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
This course is taught by multiple visiting lecturers, who are actively working for international development and civic society. The registered students are expected to understand how different field of civic society is doing and then to obtain multiple perspective of how a society is organized to some extent. This course also aims to provide an opportunity for the students to explore what career path could exist for their own futures.

Keywords

International Development, Transdisciplinary approach, civic society

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication 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 to this course (Naoya Abe, Tokyo Tech) Report theme for this course will be announced.
Class 2 Role and activities of Multilateral Organization for international development Group-work topic will be announced on the date of the lecture.
Class 3 Group presentation for the class of "Poverty, Development and JICA Group presentation for the class of "Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP)" Group-work topic will be announced on the date of the lecture.
Class 4 Group presentations for "Role and activities of Multilateral Organization for international development" None
Class 5 Role and activities of Non-Governmental/Not-for-profit Organizations for international development None
Class 6 Poverty, Development and JICA Group-work topic will be announced on the date of the lecture.
Class 7 Group presentation for "role and business of international development consultants" Group-work topic will be announced on the date of the lecture.
Class 8 Group presentation for "Poverty, Development and JICA" None
Class 9 Group presentation for "role and business of international development consultants" None
Class 10 Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Group-work topic will be announced on the date of the lecture.
Class 11 Role and significance of private company business in development Group-work topic will be announced on the date of the lecture.
Class 12 Group presentation for the class of "Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP)" None
Class 13 Group presentation for the class of "Role and significance of private company business in development" None
Class 14 Warp-up of this class and discussion (Naoya Abe, Tokyo Tech) Report theme for this course will be reconfirmed.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.

Textbook(s)

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 20%) and group presentation (roughly 80%)

Related courses

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

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

None

Other

For AY2020, this course is offered as an on-line course.
Depending on the number of the registered students for this course, there could be necessity to change the format and settings for group-work.

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