Course objective:  As the natural resources are shrunken, global population is growing, and climate change is threatening our existence, achieving sustainable development needs new thinking. To harmonize human and nature for long-term co-existence and to address the socio-economic, political and cultural development in the region, it is important to have a broad-based understanding of development and sustainability. This course provides basic concepts related to development and sustainability especially in analyzing the situation in Asia. It equips students to have a sound basis to go further into their own specializations, by understanding the interlinkages of the frameworks and issues pertaining to development and sustainability.

The course aims to equip students with knowledge, skills and techniques in designing and conducting qualitative research. Qualitative research captures in-depth and subtle phenomenon and changes regarding human behavior and experiences that quantitative methods cannot explain well, and provides important context to our understanding. The course is designed for students who wish to familiarize themselves with qualitative research, and attempts to guide students toward conceptualizing, designing, and conducting qualitative research as well as analyzing and writing papers based on qualitative data.