Session 1. Introduction and Organizational Meeting
- United Nations General Assembly. 2015. "Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/70/1&Lang=E.
Session 2. Measuring and Defining 'Development'
- Ravallion, Martin. 1997. "Good and Bad Growth: The Human Development Reports." World Development 25(5): 631-638. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305750X96001416.
- Take a look: United Nations Development Programme, Human Development Index (HDI), http://hdr.undp.org/en/content/human-development-index-hdi.
- [Recommended] (alternative indicators to GDP), Stiglitz, J., Amartya Sen, and Jean-Paul Fitoussi. 2009. Report by the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress. http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/118025/118123/Fitoussi+Commission+report (It's optional, but recommend skimming p.11-18, 'Executive Summary' part).
In today's globalized and technologically advanced world, more than eight million people are still malnourished, more than one billion people live on less than a dollar per day and poverty and inequality have proven to be stubbornly resilient against attempts to reduce them over the last decades. This course explores sources of economic growth, inequality, poverty, and other aspects of development. It first examines various approaches to the study of development, drawing on a work from economics, political science, sociology, etc. It then explores key areas of debate within the study of development, including varieties of capitalist system, the role of the state, the effects of globalization and international trade, and their impacts on growth, inequality and poverty. Finally, the course touches specific challenges relating to education, public health, sustainable development, and so forth. Throughout the course, we will seek policy implications for Vietnam and the other developing countries.
This course is built on lectures and students' contribution to class discussions and case studies. The objective of this course is for students to gain an overview of both issues and practices related to the study of development. Detailed course objectives are:
- Provide students with a clear understanding of key debates and issues on development.
- Help students formulate important development agenda and strategies for Vietnam
- Provide students proper comparative methods to strategically learn from the best practices
- Increase students' awareness of sustainable development goals (SDGs) and 'grand challenges' we face suggested by international society
- Provide students with the analytical tools needed to make sense of economic development and social change.