YSS-82812 BSc Thesis Sociology of Development


Credits 12.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)drs. MGC Smetsers
Examiner(s)dr. JF Warner
prof. dr. ir. APJ Mol
prof. dr. ir. JSC Wiskerke
dr. PGM Hebinck

Language of instruction:

Dutch and/or English

Mandatory knowledge:

A minimum of two of the following courses: ENP-31806 Globalization and Sustainability of Food Production and Consumption; RSO-21306 Policy, People and Resources in Comparative Perspective; RSO-30806 The Sociology of Farming and Rural Life and SDC-30306 Sociological and Anthropological Perspectives on Development.

Assumed knowledge on:

See: J. Schakel. Studiewijzer BSc Thesis voor BIN studenten.


This BSc Thesis concludes the major Sociology of Development of the BIN programme. It can be written under supervision of staff of Environmental Policy (ENP), Sociology of Development and Change including Disaster Studies (SDC), or Rural Sociology (RSO). The student has to study, by means of a literature review (if desired supplemented by empirical research), a subject within the field of the major and prove to have sufficient knowledge to critically analyse and summarise the given subject. The subject will be determined in consultation with the thesis supervisor. The student has to define the research problem and formulate research questions in a proper way, deal with the logistics of carrying out such an individual research project, plan and schedule the different activities in a decent way, and present the results in writing in a clearly organized report.

Learning outcomes:

After completing the BSc Thesis the student is expected to be able to:
- formulate a research problem and do (literature) research according to scientific standards;
- integrate knowledge from various sources and apply theoretical knowledge obtained in the study;
- work individually and independently in scientific research (under supervision);
- plan and carry out such work within the available time;
- report in writing in a clear and understandable way;
- defend the results of such work orally.


Conduct a (literature) study, write a report, and defend it orally during the examination.


See: J. Schakel. Studiewijzer BSc Thesis voor BIN studenten.


To be accorded with the supervisor.

Compulsory for: BINInternational Development StudiesBScA: Sociology of Development6WD