2019 Development Economics and Appropriate Technology

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Global Engineering for Development, Environment and Society
Abe Naoya 
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Mon1-2(I4-B04/05)  Thr5-6(I4-B04/05)  
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Course description and aims

This course aims to provide a basic perspective on and knowledge about development economics. To this end, an overview of the basic and important theories of both micro- and macro-economics is provided to deepen understanding of developing countries' development issues from an economic perspective. The course will cover specific issues in developing countries such as economic growth, poverty, income gap, urbanization, environmental degradation, education and health and trade. Also as one approach to solving these issues, this course also focuses on "appropriate technology." Appropriate technology does not necessarily mean low level technology- rather a set of knowledge which utilizes a technology more effectively and efficiently by paying attention to the local context and real needs and constraints.

Student learning outcomes

To obtain a basic perspective on and knowledge about development economics and appropriate technology, through examples of common issues such as economic growth, poverty, urbanization and environmental degradation.


Development Economics, Appropriate Technology

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Lectures will be the main format in this course. To facilitate better understanding of the course, there will be some reports and group work.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Outline and introduction of/to the course TBA
Class 2 Basics of micro-economics (Consumer theory & producer theory) TBA
Class 3 Basics of micro-economics (Producer theory ) TBA
Class 4 Measurement of National Wealth, cost of living and inflation TBA
Class 5 Exchange rate TBA
Class 6 Economic Growth and classical Growth theories TBA
Class 7 Group work TBA
Class 8 Group work (2, continued) TBA
Class 9 Presentation for the group work TBA
Class 10 Urbanization and Rural-Urban migration TBA
Class 11 Environment , human resources and development TBA
Class 12 Externalities, propoerty rights and Pareto Efficiency TBA
Class 13 Group work (2) TBA
Class 14 Presentation for Group work (2) TBA
Class 15 Summary of the course TBA


none. Handouts will be provided.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Todara P. M. and Smith C. S., Economic Development, 11th edition, Addision Wesley, 2011
田中 直、適正技術と代替社会、岩波新書、2012

Assessment criteria and methods

20% by group presentation and 80% by final examination

Related courses

  • GEG.P451 : Project Desgin & Management S
  • GEG.P452 : Project Desgin & Management F

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


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