2017 Case Method for International Development and Human Resources

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Graduate major in Global Engineering for Development, Environment and Society
Yamaguchi Shinobu  Takada Jun-Ichi 
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Course description and aims

This course comprehensively teaches the current status of and issues in international development cooperation projects conducted by the United Nations, NGOs and aid agencies. In addition, the so-called 'case method' is introduced as an active learning method involving group work and role playing presentations, which will use case studies on international cooperation and human development projects, based on real-life experiences of professionals. In addition to the history, background, theory, and project analysis in terms of education and human resource development, specific examples of development projects are used.

The course aims to develop the necessary skills and assets in the field of international development through the case method using the cases based on actual experiences in international development projects.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students are expected to understand the basic ideas in international development, as well as to acquire the ability to think, analyze, discuss, decide, communicate and develop solutions to the problems which professionals may encounter in the field of international development.


development project, case method, international development, educational development, human resource development.

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Round tables are arranged in the classroom, and the course consists of a combination of lectures and the case method. Lectures are given based on reading assignments, and students are expected to be actively involved in the discussion. In the case method, a few assigned students are to analyze the case in advance and play the role of some of the actors based on the analysis of the case scenario, and discuss with other students about their roles.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 History of international development. What is the case method? What is development?
Class 2 Post Millennium Development Goals. Human Development Index 2014, education and information technology. Reading assignment
Class 3 Case 1: Society and development Case analysis and role playing
Class 4 Progress of science and international development Reading assignment
Class 5 Case 2: Technology and development Case analysis and role playing
Class 6 Environment, community, and human resource development Reading assignment
Class 7 Case 3: Community development and human resource Case analysis and role playing
Class 8 Wrap up, analysis paper


UNDP, Human Development Report, 1990, 2001, 2011
Chamber, R., Rural Development: Put the Last First. Pearson, 1995

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Kingsbury, Remenyi, McKay and Hunt, Key Issues in Development, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004

Assessment criteria and methods

Participation in class discussions and in role playing in the cases are essential requirements for credit. End of term report on case analysis is assigned, and evaluated based on abilities in problem identification and solution as well as logical thinking (100 points).

Related courses

  • GEG.I401 : Sustainable Development and Integrated Management

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