David Ewick

Development Studies, Culture, and Cultural Change (kiso enshû IV)

Tama campus, autumn, Wednesday, 6:05~7:40


At the center of the seminar will be weekly readings on 1) the concept of “Third World” development, 2) theoretical and practical issues that arise from this concept, and 3) the relation of these to culture and to cultural change (see the reading list below). Seminar meetings ordinarily will be devoted to informal discussion of the texts, but students also will prepare a seminar project and sit for a final examination. The project will be a written report about some aspect of student fieldwork in “development studies,” defined broadly. The final examination will aim to insure acquaintance with the central understandings of the texts, the discussions that grew from them, and the theoretical and practical implications of fieldwork the students have undertaken.


The aim of the seminar will be to acquaint students with contemporary understandings of the theoretical and practical issues related to development and development studies, and to facilitate future work, both academic and otherwise, that will benefit from these understandings.


The minimum requirements are attentive presence at all seminar meetings and timely completion of all assignments. Assuming these basics, the percentages for determining grades will be as follows:

  active participation 30%
  seminar project 40%
  final examination 30%


A weekly reading list will be finalized and provided to students in the third week of the seminar. It will include selections from among the following, all of which will be available on reserve in 11454:

Crewe, Emma, and Elizabeth Harrison (1998). Whose Development?: An Ethnography of Aid. London: Zed Books.

Desai, Vandana, and Robert B. Potter, eds. (2002). The Companion to Development Studies. New York: Oxford University Press.

Escobar, Arturo (1995). Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Handelman, Howard (2003). The Challenge of Third World Development. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall.

McMichael, Philip (2004). Development and Social Change: A Global Perspective, 3rd ed. Thousand Oaks. Pine Forge Press.

Peet, Richard, and Elaine Hartwick (1999). Theories of Development. New York: Guilford.

Rist, Gilbert (1997). The History of Development: From Western Origins to Global Faith. New York: Zed Books.

Sen, Amartya (1999). Development as Freedom. New York: Knopf.

Sutcliffe, Bob (2001). 100 Ways of Seeing an Unequal World. New York: St. Martin’s Press.

United Nations Development Program (2003). Human Development Report 2003: Millennium Development Goals: A Compact Among Nations to End Human Poverty. New York: Oxford University Press.

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