SDC-30306 Sociological and Anthropological Perspectives on Development


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. MCM Nuijten
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. MCM Nuijten
dr. J de Koning
Examiner(s)dr. ir. MCM Nuijten

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

ENP-22803 Theories and Themes: Sociology and DEC-22803 Theorists of Economic Growth.

Continuation courses:

BSc-C (The Sociology of Farming and Rural Life, Globalisation and Sustainability of Food Production and Consumption, Governance, Livelihoods and Resource; MID programme)


This course focuses on sociological and anthropological contributions to development studies. The aim is familiarization with theoretical discussions and controversies, critical analysis and positioning. Students learn how to recognize concepts from across the field and situate them within the relevant debates. Particular thematic and conceptual development discussions are treated in more depth: identity politics and global legal networks; place-based development; mobility and transnational migration; social capital and collective action. These themes are illustrated with case-studies from rural and urban settings. Throughout the course attention is paid to the possible role of sociologists and anthropologists in the practice of development.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course, students are expected to be able to:
- assess the value of different sociological and anthropological perspectives on development;
- apply various theoretical approaches and concepts to changes in rural and urban settings;
- assess the usefulness of different perspectives in professional contexts;
- show understanding of the theoretical discussions by accomplishing the written assignments.


The course consists of 2x2 lecture hours per week, and obligatory tutorials of 2 hours per week. For each tutorial one group of students prepares a presentation and an exercise in which the literature of that week is applied on a specific case. The students write four individual assignments that receive feedback by the teachers.


- written test with open questions (80%);
- 4 individual assignments (20%);
The written test and the average of the assignments each need a minimum mark of 5.5.


Literature will be available on blackboard.

Compulsory for: BINInternational Development StudiesBScA: Sociology of Development5MO
Restricted Optional for: MIDInternational Development StudiesMScA: Sociology of Development2AF