Introduction 2(to) International Development

"Globalization and Development" Cluster





The world-famous Asahan (BOT) project .....
(in the Asahan River area, Sumatra, Indonesia)


 2002 Thematic Cluster Syllabus

(April 2002)

Cluster Manager: Prof. Shigeru Thomas OTSUBO (大坪 滋)

Participating Professors: Prof. Mitsuo ESAKI, Prof. Hiroshi OSADA, Prof. Shigeru OTSUBO (DID); Prof. Hirotsune KIMURA, Prof. Atsuko OHASHI, Prof. Kimiaki TAKAHASHI (DICOS)

Meeting Dates: April 24 (1:00-3:00 p.m.), May 1 (1:00-2:30 p.m.), and May 8 (1:00-3:00 p.m.)

Classes are conducted in English and Japanese.

Cluster Agenda

In this Cluster, first of all, the evolution and the current state of globalization will be introduced. Situations and issues pertaining to developing countries under globalization will then be discussed. How does the process of globalization affect developing countries? Presentations will be made from global, regional, national, and local points of view. Presenters will introduce economic, political, and cultural perspectives.


Cluster Schedule: Themes and Issues

Pay attention to the Course Bulletin Board on the web.

April 24

Prof. Ezaki
Prof. Osada
Prof. Otsubo

Globalization and Economic Development: Opportunities and Challenges

The first meeting consists of a presentation on globalization and economic development by one professor and economist (Prof. Otsubo), comments on opportunities and challenges (or benefits and risks) associated with globalization by two other professor economists (Prof. Ezaki and Prof. Osada), and finally, open-floor discussion. Given the risks that have emerged during financial crises such as the Asian financial crisis (1997-) and Argentine crisis (2002), and with ongoing WTO negotiations, how should developing countries cope with globalization?



May 1

Prof. Kimura

Global Governance: A Consideration from the Perspective of Political Science

This lecture will clarify the total structure of "globalization." Basically globalization is a multi-layered conflicting system for "Global Standard(s)" consisting from US national interest, national interests of various countries, and "globalization of localization" trials promoted by NGOs and by local people in various countries.



May 8

Prof. Ohashi
Prof. Takahashi

Globalization and Local Culture

This session will discuss the cultural aspects of globalization. We will introduce not only the narrative that dominates at the center of globalization (i.e. spread of globalization, disappearance of local cultures, and the homogenized world), but also narratives from local perspectives. That is, emergence of hybrid cultures as a result of local reactions to globalization, and spread of cultures to other areas via global networks.



Textbooks and Readings

April 24

Required Readings:

・World Bank, World Development Report 2000: Entering the 21st Century (Read Introduction and Chapters 1-3.)

Recommended Readings:

・World Bank. Globalization, Growth, and Poverty: Building an Inclusive World Economy. London: Oxford University Press, 2002.

・Paul Hirst and Grahame Thompson. Globalization in Question: The International Economy and the Possibilities of Governance, 2nd rev. ed. Cambridge: Policy Press, 1999.

May 1

Required & Recommended Readings:

・The Report of the Commission on Global Governance. Our Common Neighborhood, 1995
・ (邦訳グローバル・ガバナンス委員会報告『地球リーダーシップ:新しい世界秩序をめざして』NHK出版)

(Downloadable from Prof. Kimura’s Homepage)

May 8

Required Readings:

・John Tomlinson. Cultural Imperialism: A Critical Introduction. London: Penter Publishers, 1991. (Read Conclusion.)

・ジョン・トムリンソン著、片岡信訳、『文化帝国主義』、青土社、1997年. (結論を読むこと。)(上掲書翻訳)

・Philip McMichael. Development and Social Change: A Global Perspective. Pine Forge:California,1996. (Read Chapter 7.)

Recommended Readings:

・John Tomlinson. Globalization and Culture. Cambridge:Polity Press, 1999.


Internet Resoruces

April 24

In Prof. Otsubo’s Homepage on the GSID Website:
"Exploration of Economics/Intn’l Development Resources"

World Bank Globalization Thematic Website:

May 1

Prof. Kimura’s Homepage on the GSID Website:

May 8