Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies

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POL300ZA(政治学 / Politics 300)
International Development Policy


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Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
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Year 2022
Class code A6369
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Term 春学期授業/Spring
Day/Period 木3/Thu.3
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Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
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Grade 3~4
Credit(s) 2
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Global Open Program
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Learning for the Future CP
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Chiyoda Campus Consortium
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Outline and objectives

International development policies have been formulated along two domains, one by the donor coordination group (i.e. providers of Official Development Aid), traditionally represented by the OECD-DAC and another at the multilateral agenda setting forum such as the United Nations. While both serve the purpose of advancing the lives of people and discussions are mutually-related, each has distinct interests and constraints. In this course, we aim to understand how international development policy/agenda is being formulated and what the current (and future) issues are. Specifically, students will explore (1) the rationale and evolution of development policies by the donor community, (2) the more holistic and people-centered agenda setting at the United Nations and (3) current policy issues related to development, such as impact of COVID-19, debt-sustainability and great power rivalry between China and the U.S., etc.


The course objectives are:
1) To enable students to assess the development policy debates from multiple aspects.
2) To make students able to differentiate development agenda formulation process at different stakeholder groups.
3) To equip students with the holistic understanding of the on-going issues that affect on the process of global development, through groupwork.

Which item of the diploma policy will be obtained by taking this class?

Will be able to gain “DP 1”, “DP 2”, “DP 3”, and “DP 4”.

Default language used in class

英語 / English

Method(s)(学期の途中で変更になる場合には、別途提示します。 /If the Method(s) is changed, we will announce the details of any changes. )

This class will have lectures and interactive discussions, as well as group presentations. Active participation is expected. Students will undertake a final exam and have occasional short papers to write. Insightful comments from papers will be introduced in class and used in deeper discussions.
The course is composed of three parts. The first part (weeks 3-6) will have lectures on debates among traditional donors. In the second part (weeks 7-9), lectures will cover key discourses of the United Nations adaptation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The third part (weeks 10-13) will examine current policy issues that are related to development and students will be tasked to do research and make group presentations. Except the first day, in principle, this class will adopt the face-to-face format, to allow students' direct interaction. Yet, it may use the online platform when necessary (in such case, students will be notified in advance).

Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)

あり / Yes

Fieldwork in class

なし / No


授業形態/methods of teaching:対面/face to face



Course outline, facts and trends

2[対面/face to face]:Overview of Discourse

History and institutions

3[対面/face to face]:Foreign Aid

Concept of helping others and use of “aid” in foreign policy

4[対面/face to face]:ODA

Concept of “Official Development Assistance (ODA)”

5[対面/face to face]:ODA Policy in Practice

Case studies of respective countries. Role of OECD-DAC.

6[対面/face to face]:Issues of Aid

Aid financing,
Shaping development debate, rise of new donors, state fragility, etc.

7[対面/face to face]:Multilateral Forum

United Nations, UN for development, People-centric approach

8[対面/face to face]:SDGs

Formulating the “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”

9[対面/face to face]:Synthesis Discussion

Reconciling states’ interests and global agenda

10[対面/face to face]:Current Policy Issues 1

Group Presentation: Impact of COVID-19 on Global Development

11[対面/face to face]:Current Policy Issues 2

Group Presentation:
State Debt, Development and State Sovereignty

12[対面/face to face]:Current Policy Issues 3

Group Presentation:
Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Development

13[対面/face to face]:Current Policy Issues 4

Group Presentation:
Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) Strategy and Development

14[対面/face to face]:Final Exam & Wrap-up

In-class or take home. Review of the learnings.

Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)

Reading and writing assignments. Groupwork for presentation. Preparatory study and review time for this class are 2 hours each.


There is no assigned textbook for this course. Students are required to read handouts and suggested articles/chapters from the references.


Students are encouraged to read following references to further their understandings.

OECD (2006), DAC in Dates: The History of OECD’s Development Assistance Committee
(available online at )
Lancaster, Carol (2007), Foreign Aid: Diplomacy, Development, Domestic Politics, University of Chicago Press
UN Document, A/RES/70/1, 21 October 2015 Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (available online at )
Sachs, Jeffrey D (2015), The Age of Sustainable Development, Columbia University Press
Wickstead, Myles A. (2015) Aid and Development: A Brief Introduction, Oxford University Press
Hynes, W. and S. Scott (2013), The Evolution of Official Development Assistance: Achievements, Criticisms and a Way Forward, OECD Development Co-operation Working Papers, No. 12, OECD Publishing
(available at

Grading criteria

Class Participation: 20%
Occasional Assignment Papers: 25%
Group Presentation: 20%
Final Exam: 35%

Changes following student comments

Constructive comments and feedback from students are always welcomed and will be taken into consideration.

Equipment student needs to prepare

None in the class.
But, access to PC/electric device and Wi-Fi may be required, when class is held on-line (e.g. first class).


In order for students to successfully complete the class, basic understandings of the development thoughts as well as international relations are needed. Thus, GIS students wishing to register for this class are recommended to have taken “Introduction to Development Studies” and/or “Development Studies”. Also, knowledge of international relations, international organizations and foreign policy will be of benefit.


None(see "Others" for recommended classes).