Comparative Development Studies B

Course Type: Lecture
Study Focus: SEG
Term: Spring

Teacher: HISANO Shuji

Course Code: JK51001

【This course is an international collaborative course】

This course will be instructed by Dr. Stephanie Hobbis (Assistant Professor, Sociology of Development and Change Group, Wageningen University, The Netherlands) and Geoffrey Hobbis (Assistant Professor, Knowledge, Technology and Innovation, Wageningen University).

The first module aims to provide students with a better understanding of possibilities for global diversity despite the seemingly homogenizing tendencies of digital technologies. Over the course of 4 lectures, students will follow the ‘digital argonauts of the Western Pacific’ as primary ethnographic case study.
Based on their experiences and a critical engagement with key texts on digital diversity, economics, autonomy and resilience, the goal is to establish a point of comparison for broader research and theorization on economic, social, political, religious, ecological and more diversity in the digital age. This module specifically encourages students to question to what extent, and how, resistance against digital surveillance, digital capitalism, digital extractivism etc. can be, and is, realized in remote, rural environments and the everyday lives of their inhabitants.

Course Information

Module: Focus 1 – Foundations
CATS Requirements: MA 1st year or above

Day/Period: 9-12 on May 22, 24, 29, 31
Location: TBA
Credits: 2

There are no special requirements for this course. This course is designed for any and all students with an interest in international development, rural development and interdisciplinary approaches.

Course Goals

Students participating in this course are expected to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to analyse the complex and dynamic processes of development and modernity and to understand how theory resonates in research set-up and reporting. It is our educational goal that participating students enhance their understanding and critical sense of reality of the ecological, economic, social and political systems from a multidimensional and multidisciplinary perspective.

Course Schedule and Evaluation

For a detailed course schedule, please visit KULASIS.

Grading will be done on the basis of class participation/presentation (60%), and final assignment evaluation (40%).