RSO-21306 Policy, People and Resources in Comparative Perspective


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)dr. JAB Duncan
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. PA de Vries
dr. JAB Duncan
dr. ir. LA de Vries
Examiner(s)dr. JAB Duncan
dr. ir. PA de Vries

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Agricultural and Rural Development: Sociological Perspectives.


Working in international development settings you will be confronted with the politics of projects, the unexpected ways in which people mobilize resources, and the inventive translation of opaque policies. This course touches on these topics by examining discourses and theories of participation. This course introduces students to a number of key concepts in political sociology and anthropology, such as power, legitimacy, governance, conflict and solidarity, patron-client relations, gender politics, and governmentality to enhance understanding and knowledge about the use and abuse of participatory approaches in international development.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- apply key concepts in political sociology and anthropology;
- compare different approaches to politics and policy in relation to development and democracy;
- critically evaluate the use and abuse of participatory approaches;
- explain the relation between resource mobilization, local politics and livelihoods.


- preparing working sessions in groups, i.e. analysing an issue by making use of articles, made available by the teachers;
- presenting core-issues and stand points of articles in class;
- preparing and coordinating debate for the class


- group work (30%);
- written exam (70%).


Students are responsible for purchasing or borrowing two books. During the course, scientific articles and other materials will be made available.

Compulsory for: BINInternational Development StudiesBScA: Sociology of Development5AF