MC365 - Revised 10/29/2008 MC 365 Islam and Development in...

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Revised 5/12/2009 MC 365 – Islam and Development in Southeast Asia Fall Semester 2006 / M W 8:30-9:50 a.m. / Case Hall 340 Prof. B. K. Ritchie 302 Case Hall Phone 353-8614 E-mail: ritchieb@msu.edu Instructor web site: http://www.jmc.msu.edu/ritchie/ Office hours: Monday and Wednesday, 1-2:30 p.m. Course web site: www.angel.msu.edu Course Overview and Objectives Current world conditions imply much about the relationship between religion and economic development. Prominent scholars like Samuel Huntington suggest that broad cultural traits, of which religion comprises a significant portion, determine to a large extent social outcomes. But how do we explain change over time? Why have Christians at some times been economically ascendant and at other times laggards? Similar observations can be made of Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus. Does religion have any impact on economic development? If so, has this impact simply changed over time as religions have changed? Or, as some might surmise, is economic development caused by a decline in religion or secularization process? This course explores some of these questions by looking comparatively at one region of the world: Southeast Asia. Southeast Asia provides a unique research opportunity because it is home to almost every major religion. It is an area that has experienced tremendous economic boom and bust. And, both religious and economic variation is significantly concomitant with individual countries. For example, Thailand is largely Buddhist, Indonesia and Malaysia largely Muslim, and the Philippines largely Christian. All have experienced tremendous economic expansion and contraction. This variation allows us to examine the different impact of religion on economics, politics, and society. Key institutions might include elections, the military, social values, class structures, rule of law, banks and financial organizations, firms, labor, and education. At the end of this course I expect that you will have completed individual research that will help you begin to answer some of these questions. Course Requirements The structure of the course will be a combination of lecture and discussion. As part of the class discussion we will review (briefly), clarify, expand, and hopefully argue the readings. To facilitate this class format, students are expected to show up, do the assigned reading BEFORE CLASS, participate in class (which is obviously closely tied to showing up), and submit all assignments on time (I realize you’ve never heard any of this before). Please retain all graded, 1
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Revised 5/12/2009 returned copies of any of your work until two weeks after the term ends. Please note: all written assignments should be typed, double-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins all around. Also, all paper assignments are due at the beginning of class on the specified day. Papers turned in after class on the same day are already one day late and, assuming late papers are accepted for that assignment, will be graded accordingly. Participation
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MC365 - Revised 10/29/2008 MC 365 Islam and Development in...

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