Week 1: Introduction (January 15)
Week 2: How do we define development? (January 22)
“How is individual freedom conducive to development?”
- Sen, Amarthya (1999), “Introduction” in Development as Freedom. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Sen, Amarthya (1999), “The Ends and the Means of Development”, in Development as Freedom. Oxford: Oxford University Press (Chapter 2).
- Todaro, M. and Smith, S. (2015). “Introducing Economic Development: A Global Perspective” in: Todaro, M. and Smith,,Economic Development (12th Ed.)
Fieldtrip on Friday, 23rd January at 10.45am-1pm: Food drive with NUS- CARE (Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation) to the low-income communities in Jurong East Street 32, Block 373 on. Question to be explored:
1. What are the main challenges of these communities
2. Channels and sources of financial and other means of help
Week 3: Culture and development? ( January 29)
“Does culture inhibit development?”
- Excerpt from Huntington (1993), The Clash of Civilizations
- Wedeen, L. (2004). “Beyond the Crusades: Why Huntington,and Bin Ladin, are Wrong). Contemporary Conflict (Mar 26, 2004)
· Chang, H.J (2012) "Lazy Japanese and thieving Germans". in Alatas, F. (2012). In Revisiting the development agenda in Southeast Asia. pp.131-148.
Combined session: Guest Speaker on January 29, 4-6pm with Dr Robin Low, Co-founder of Civil Innovation Lab on “The Dangers of Social Intervention.”
Week 4: Market fundumentalism (make-up session on Friday, 8 Febuary, 2-4pm)
"What are the pillars of market fundumentalism?"
- Kozul-Wright, R. (2012). "Another Fine Mess: How market fundumentalism obscured the way Globalisation works, distorted the the development agenda", in Alattas (2012). Revisiting the Development Agenda in Southeast Asia. Singapore: SIH
· Harvey, D. (2007). "The Neoliberal State" in Harvey (2007). A Brief History of Neoliberalism. Oxford University Press
Week 5: (February 12)
Combined session: Guest Speaker: Dr Siewpeng Lee, Feb. 12th, 4-6pm on “Welfare States: Looking at the perspective of Southeast Asia”
Week 6: The East Asian Miracle (February 21)
"What underpins the East Asian Miracle?"
- World Bank (1993) ‘The Making of a Miracle’ In: The East Asian Miracle. World Bank
- Jomo, K.S. (2012) “Erstaz Miracle: Why Southeast Asia Needs to Improve its Invetment & Technology Policies” in: Alattas (2012), pp.53-70
Fieldtrip to Gelam Kampung on 19 Feb (timing to be confirmd): Heritage walk with third generation resident Faizah Jamal to explore questions such as:
1. In the fast-paced road to modernisation, how did the residents of Gelam Kampung balance between ‘development’ and the need to preservethe area’s heritage and history of their traditional environment?
2. How many of the residents of Gelam Kg have remained and why? And how many have moved out of the Kg and why?
Recess Week (February 26)
Week 7: The Asian Financial Crisis (March 5)
"What triggered the Asian Crisis?"
- C. P. Chandrasekhar and Jayati Ghosh. “Hubris, Hysteria, Hope: The Political Economy of Crisis and Response in Southeast Asia” in Jomo K.S., editor, Tigers in trouble: financial governance, liberalisation and crises in East Asia, pp. 63 - 84.
- The Economist (1998) “Which way to safety?” http://www.economist.com/node/110520
- “The Economy Asia Year Two: Signs of Recovery”. BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/380026.stm
Week 8: The ME Crisis: The “Arab Spring” (March 12)
“What triggered the ME crisis?”
- Achcar, G. (2013) . Fettered Development. in Achcar. The People Want. UCP
- United Nations (2012-13). Survey of Economic and Social Development in the ESCWA Region. New York: United Nations (Chapt. 2)
- Kadri, A. (2013). “A Depressive pre-Arab Spring Economic Performance”. In: Gerges, F. The New Middle East: Protest and Revolution in the Arab World. CUP
- United Nations (2009-10). Survey of Economic and Social Development in the ESCWA Region. New York: United Nations (Chapt. 2), pp.19-33.
Week 9: Comparison between the development trajectories of EA and WA (March 19)
“In the last 30 years, Why East Asia witnessed growth & prosperity while West Asia (aka ME) suffered from war & instability?”
- Kadri, A. (2013) "Comparing the Economic Development of the Arab World with East Asia", MEI Insight.
- Hakimian, H. (2001). "From MENA to East Asia and Back: Lessons of Globalisation, Crisis and Economic Reform". In The State and Global Change: The Political Economy of Transition in the Middle East & North Africa. pp.80-107.
Week 10: Poster Project presentations (March 26)
Week 11: Poster Project presentations (April 2)
Week 12: The Development experience of the developed countries (April 9)
“How do countries climb up the “development ladder”?
- Chang, H.J (2003) ‘How did the Rich Countries Really become Rich?’ in: Kicking Away the Ladder. Anthem Press (Chapter 1).
- Chang. H.J. ((2003). “Lesson for the Present” in Kicking Away the Ladder. (Chapt. 4).
- Reinert, E. (2012) “How Rich Countries Got Rich”, in Alattas (2012).
- The Chinese model & the global imbalance
- Petras, J. (2016) “China’s Pivot to World Markets, Washington’s Pivot to World Wars, and the Debacle of the Latin American Left”, The James Petras Website
Week 13: Concluding Thoughts & the Singaporean Social Contract (April 16)
- Low, D. Singapore social contract
- Final Essay Submission
(i) Team-based assignment (20%): This team-based activity entails each group of students to prepare poster presentations in which they propose their own concept of development and identify a bundle/set of indicators or desired goals for it, based on the readings, discussions and fieldtrips so far covered during the course of the module. Sub-indicators are also welcomed. Groups of three should come up with three indicators; while groups of four with four indicators. More details on this assignment will be provided in class.
(ii) Classroom participation (20%): class discussion based on pre-class preparations and facebook postings based on personal readings of news or academic articles.
(iii) Problem-based learning: The student is asked to think like a development expert or a state planner! S/he will pick a developing country in the East Asia or the Middle East. Starting Week 2, the student is encouraged to start thinking of his/her research theme for the final individual essay. Based on the readings and class participations and group work assignment, he will think on how he can advise this country to pursue a path of sustainable development by writing a plan on how best the country can make use of its resources to pursue economic growth with social expansion. He will also start thinking of questions that can be raised to guest speakers or to professionals during fieldtrips/combined sessions. The analysis of how a developing country can overcome challenges and pursue inclusive growth will require an assessment of the economic and social conditions of the country from a historical perspective and an identification of its main economic and social problems will be needed. More details on this assignment will be provided in class. The essay (40%) should be between 1,800-2,000 words and is due Week 13. Please submit it through IVLE.
(iv) Reflection (20%) is between 800-1,000words and is due Week 7. It represents an individual opinion on your general thoughts about this module, or the fieldtrips, or the guest speakers’ talks (depending on your individual notes) and how it has helped you conceptualise the development theme.