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Global Citizenship and Sustainability:  Community-Based Research Methods in Southeast Asia

NTRES 4000

MW 2:30-3:20pm

Fernow G01

2 credits

Instructor:  Dr. Allred

Introduces students to the fundamental principles and key considerations in conducting community-based participatory research (CBPR) with indigenous communities. Offers knowledge of and skills in CBPR that emphasize the importance of community inclusion and partnership as a viable approach to building community resiliency.  The course will also cover qualitative research methods, such as narrative interviews, participant observation, ethnographic field notes, focus groups, and story circles.  Course materials and case studies will emphasize the cultural and ethical considerations of working in emerging countries, especially those in Southeast Asia.  Students will practice using qualitative research methods through a community-based research project. Class capped at 20 students.  



Dr. Gerard Finin, Visiting Lecturer Email: gaf24@cornell.eduOffice: 328 West Sibley Hall Letter grade / 3 creditsOffice hours: By appointment Class number 16865

The Pacific islands region spans one-third of the globe and includes some of the world’s most culturallydiverse nations. Neighboring insular Southeast Asia also embraces great diversity, and shares manylinguistic and cultural features with the Pacific. Together these two regions provide an array of fascinatingcomparisons and contrasts for understanding the complex issues and challenges of development planning.Through examination of contemporary planning activities in island states, this course offers new ways toappreciate the importance of building sustainable and equitable societies.

The course will focus on how the Pacific islands and several Southeast Asian nations approach a range ofpressing planning issues including climate change, urbanization, economic development, ocean policy,land tenure, natural resource management, and cultural change. Through analysis of innovative policiesand approaches for creating greater self-reliance in a globalizing era, participants will gain both deeperand broader knowledge about the ways in which islanders are creatively planning their collective futures.Particular attention will be given to examination of how critical planning and policy decisions are made.We will also analyze how and why processes of urbanization are increasingly influencing societies in thePacific and Southeast Asia, and assess the ways in which planners may influence preferred directions andchoices in these cities.


ASIAN 4494/6604

Topics in Southeast Asian Studies:

Karma, Causation, and Mental Health in Asia

Prof. Julia Cassaniti

Department of Asian Studies

Cornell University

Rockefeller Hall B16

Wednesdays 7:25-9:30pm

This 7-week graduate/upper-undergraduate seminar examines personal causation in religious and cultural contexts of Southeast Asia, as part of a broader inquiry into the mechanisms by which people encounter, explain, and craft well-being in their lives. We will cover a variety of causal theories with an emphasis on phenomenological, experience-near accounts of attentional training and perceptual engagement in contemporary Theravāda practice. The first half of the course will focus on meditation, karma, affect, and ghostly encounters; the second half turns to the elaboration of these explanatory mechanisms for further understanding unusual experiences, mental disorders, and new media in today’s SE Asian market economy. The seminar meets weekly, is based on guided discussion of readings and a final empirical class research project.