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An Introduction to Key Issues in Development Studies

Taught in Tokyo by Dr Lucio Esposito, from the world renowned School of International Development, University of East Anglia.

3-8 May 2016

Testimonial from previous participant in 2015

Dr Lucio Esposito is an Associate Professor at the University of East Anglia. His ground-breaking research spans the fields of International and Sustainable Development, Economics, Sociology, Philosophy, Psychology, Politics and Anthropology. His expertise covers a number of themes such as economic development, education, literacy, gender, inequality, welfare, international poverty, distributive justice, comparative cross-country studies, quality of life, sustainable growth and health.

Lucio has been advisor for the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the UK Department for International Development, Research Foundation Flanders and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and he has also collaborated with Routledge, Palgrave McMillan and around forty leading international academic journals in the areas of International Development, Economics, Business, Econometrics, Philosophy and Human Geography.

Lucio carries out both theoretical and empirical research employing quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods applied to both secondary and primary data collected in 16 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Dr Lucio Esposito is Director of the MA International Development and of the BA International Development with Economics.

What is this Course About?
This course is intended to provide a friendly but solid and comprehensive introduction to the field of Development Studies. In this course we will see the way in which Development Studies explores the complex interrelations between society, the economy and the environment by adopting a highly multidisciplinary approach to topics such as poverty, education, literacy, gender, climate change, inequality, economic development, cosmopolitan justice, etc. We consider the importance of understanding the historical context when trying to make sense of current development challenges and review major historical themes relevant for development.

Course Aims

  • To introduce a range of social, economic, historical, environmental, political, and geographical themes that are key to understanding international development within the context of contemporary global change.
  • To review different explanations for the origins and persistence of poverty, inequality, illiteracy, gender discrimination, etc.
  • To explore the complexity of current development debates by adopting a critical approach to the most salient issues in international development.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to understand the concept of international development and identify the long term processes which hindered progress in many regions of the world.
  • Students will develop an awareness of the main theoretical as well as pragmatic approaches to international development which have been proposed and adopted since the post-war period.
  • Students will gain valuable knowledge of the causes and of the recent trends in the major issues which affect the developing regions, ranging from poverty to illiteracy, gender gaps, global epidemics and environmental challenges.
  • Students will become familiar with concrete case studies of problems affecting developing areas and will be supported in evaluating possible strategies to overcome these problems.
  • Students’ critical thinking about development issues will be encouraged, and enhanced by insider perspectives on the lecturer’s own research findings, in particular in the areas of poverty, inequality, education, literacy, gender and health.

Course Structure
The course will be over 5 days, with 6 contact hours per day, which will include lectures, seminars, practical exercises and short videos. Each day students will be provided with the lecture material (e.g. printed PowerPoint presentations) to be used the following day, so that they will be able to familiarise with them..

The course does not include any formal assessment, although students will be encouraged to actively participate in class discussions. All students completing the course will receive an official attendance certificate from the University of East Anglia.

There are no formal academic requirements for acceptance onto the course although students must have a strong interest in the subject. The course will be taught entirely in the English language, so students should have an intermediate level of English or a minimum of IELTS 5.5. No formal proof of language level is required. SIUK staff will assess an individual’s language capability before they are formally admitted.

For students who are planning future study at the University of East Anglia, the School of International Development Admissions team would look favourably upon applicants who have completed this introductory course as a demonstration of their commitment to the study of the subject. This course would be especially suitable for students who do not currently hold development qualifications or have any prior experience in the development field. For admission to all degree programmes at the University of East Anglia, students would still need to hold the pre-requisite qualifications and English language level. For more information about the degree courses available in the School of International Development, please visit our webpages here

Course Outline (by day)

  1. Introduction to International Development
    1. The Meanings of Development
    2. The Political Economy of Development and the State vs Market Debate
    3. Institutions, Economic Growth and the Easterlin Paradox
    4. Human Development and Basic Needs
    5. Globalisation and International Development Assistance
    6. Post-2015 and Post-MDGs International Development
  2. Poverty and Inequality
    1. Poverty: Concepts and Measures
    2. Where are the World’s Poor? Is Poverty Decreasing?
    3. Being Poor in Many Ways and for Long Time: Multidimensional, Chronic and Intertemporal Poverty
    4. What is Inequality?
    5. What are the Trends of Inequality?
    6. How does Inequality affect our Societies?
  3. Education and Development
    1. The Intrinsic and Instrumental Value of Education
    2. Quantity and Quality of Education
    3. Literacies and Illiteracies
    4. Education, Opportunities and Livelihoods
    5. Education as a Key Dimension of Human Development, Poverty and Wellbeing
    6. Education as a Public Good and Literacy Externalities
  4. Gender and Health
    1. Gender Equality, Empowerment and Development
    2. Recent Trends in Gender Gaps
    3. Where and Why do Gender Gaps persist?
    4. Accounting for Gender Discrimination in Measuring Development
    5. Health as a Key Dimension of Human Development, Poverty and Wellbeing
    6. Major Public Health Challenges: HIV-Aids, Malaria and Ebola
  5. The Environment, Intergenerational and Cosmopolitan Justice
    1. The Tragedy of the Commons and Sustainable Development
    2. The Resource Curse and the Paradox of Plenty
    3. Climate Change, Global Warming and Adaptation
    4. Do We have Moral Obligations Towards Future Generations?
    5. Do Citizens of Western Countries have Obligations towards the Global Poor?
    6. What Hopes are there for the Future?

The cost of the course (inclusive of all tuition and course materials) will be ¥87,500.

Expressions of interest should be received by 10 April 2016. Places are strictly limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about the Introduction to Key Issues in Development Studies Course, please contact either:
SI-UK Education Council Tokyo
5th Floor, Boulevard Bldg
Jinnan 1-16-3, Shibuya
Tokyo, 150-0041
+81 (0) 3 5272 9143


Ms Tracey Hearn
International Officer
Admissions, Recruitment and Marketing
University of East Anglia
Tel: +44 (0)1603 592110











担当教授:ルチオ・エスポジト准教授 日程:201653―8 (10:00-17:00)

ルチオ・エスポジト(Lucio Esposito)准教授





このコースは特に、今までに開発学を学んだことが無い方にお勧めです。成績など学業面での受講条件は特にありませんが、開発学の分野に強い関心を持っていることが求められます。授業はすべて英語で行われます。英語力を示す資格の提出は必要ありませんが、中級程度の英語力(IELTS 5.5以上)が必要です。お申し込み後、SI-UKのスタッフにより英語力の簡単なレベルチェックが行われます。将来的にイースト・アングリア大学への入学を検討されているようでしたら、この5日間集中講座の受講をお勧めいたします。コースに参加することで、開発学の分野に強い関心があることを示すことができ、国際開発学部の入学担当官へのアピールになります。このコースの受講に関わらず、イースト・アングリア大学で開講されている学位コースへの進学するためには入学条件となっている資格や英語力を満たさなければなりません。国際開発学部の学位コースの詳細については、こちらのウェブサイトをご参照ください。


  • 国際開発を「地球規模の変化」というコンテクストで理解するために、社会的、経済的、歴史的、環境的、政治的、地理的なトピックを紹介すること。
  • 貧困、格差、識字率、ジェンダー差別などの問題を引き起こしている要因や、これらの問題が解決されない理由について、様々な見解を考察すること。
  • 国際開発の分野で最も顕著な問題に対し、批判的なアプローチを取ることで、開発を取り巻く複雑な議論を読み解くこと。


  • 国際開発の概念を理解し、世界の様々な地域において開発の妨げとなっている複雑な要因を特定できるようになります。
  • 戦後から企画、実行されてきた国際開発に対し、実践的な見地と理論的な見地を深めることができるようになります。
  • 開発途上にある地域が抱える主要な問題(貧困、識字率、ジェンダー間の格差、世界規模での伝染病の流行や気候変動など)に対して貴重な知識を得ることができます。
  • 開発途上にある地域が抱える問題のケーススタディを知り、取り得る解決策について考察することができます。
  • 講師が行った研究結果(特に貧困、格差、教育、識字率、ジェンダー、保健医療の分野)について、実際に調査を行った研究者の観点を知ることで、開発をめぐる問題に対して批判的な思考を養うことができます。




1日目 国際開発学入門

  1. 国際開発学とは何か
  2. 開発政治経済学と国家対市場の議論
  3. 組織、経済成長とイースタリンの幸福のパラドックス
  4. 人類の発展と基本的欲求
  5. グローバル化と国際開発援助
  6. ポストミレニアム開発目標―達成期限である2015年以降の国際開発

2日目 貧困と格差

  1. 貧困:概念と対策
  2. 世界の貧困層はどこにいるか?貧困削減は実現しているか?
  3. 多様な貧困:多面的、慢性的、異時的貧困
  4. 格差とは何か?
  5. 格差の傾向とは何か?
  6. 格差が社会にもたらす影響とは何か?

3日目 教育と開発

  1. 教育の本質的な価値と教育が生み出す価値
  2. 教育の量と質
  3. 識字者と非識字者
  4. 教育、機会と生活水準
  5. 人類の発展、貧困削減、幸福度の鍵を握る教育
  6. 公共財としての教育、識字の外部性(読み書きができることにより外部に与える影響)

4日目 ジェンダーと保健医療

  1. ジェンダー間の平等、エンパワーメントと開発
  2. 近年におけるジェンダー間の格差の傾向
  3. ジェンダー間の格差はどこで生じているのか?何故なくならないのか?
  4. 開発指数における性差別の解説
  5. 人類の発展、貧困削減、幸福度の鍵を握る保険医療
  6. 公衆衛生の重要な課題:エイズ、マラリア、エボラ熱

5日目 環境、世代間、コスモポリタンの正義論

  1. コモンズの悲劇と持続可能な発展
  2. 資源の呪いと豊かさの逆説
  3. 気候変動、地球温暖化とその影響への適応策
  4. 我々には次世代に対する道徳的な義務があるか?
  5. 西洋諸国には世界の貧困層への義務があるか?
  6. 将来への希望





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