Development Studies
Development Studies
Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public and International Affairs
Exclusive Majors
(Students who study the following majors are not allowed to choose this minor)
International Studies or Asian and International Studies
Note: The following curriculum information is subject to periodic review and changes.

Aims of Minor

The Minor in Development Studies aims to expand students’ knowledge of major processes of social, political, economic, environmental, and cultural change in Asia, with special attention to large-scale processes of economic change, such as industrialization, economic restructuring, and intra-national and international migration. The minor aims to enhance the knowledge, skills, and prospects of its graduates for professional careers in business, non-profit, and governmental organizations, education and research organizations, and other organizations whose operations require social research skills and an informed international outlook.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Minor (MINILOs)

Upon successful completion of this Minor, students should be able to:

  1. Explain competing understandings and theories of development; understand related controversies in development policy and practice;
  2. Explain similarities, differences, and interrelations across a range of critical issues affecting social life and change in contemporary Asia; 
  3. Analyze regional issues through the application of a substantive body of knowledge concerning social, political, economic, environmental, and cultural conditions in Asia. 

Minor Requirements (15 credit units)Catalogue Term : Semester A 2022/23

1. Core Courses (6 credit units)
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Units
PIA3123Theories of Development3
PIA3126International Political Economy3

2. Electives (9 credit units)

Any three courses from the following electives:
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Units
PIA2030Traditions of Inquiry in the Social Sciences3
PIA3032State and Economy in Asia3
PIA3034Environmental Challenges in Asia and the World3
PIA3046Asian Migration and the Global Diasporas3
PIA3070Special Topics in Development Studies3
PIA3544Comparative Management: China, Japan, and South Korea3
PIA4025Globalization and Socio-Cultural Changes3
PIA4028Women and Social Change in Asia3
PIA4045Political Sociology3
PIA4127Poverty and the Politics of Aid3
PIA4132Introduction to India3
PIA4201International Relations: Conflict and Cooperation on Environment and Resources Problems3

Students are recommended to complete their core requirement prior to enrolling in electives.