International Development Studies (BIN) / BSc

Profile

The BSc programme International Development Studies addresses worldwide social transformation processes related to livelihoods, agro-food networks and the environment. It focuses on Europe and developing countries within a dynamic international context. Sociology, economics, communication science and law & governance are the main disciplines from which the central themes are studied. After a common part of introductory and intermediate courses, the student chooses the courses of one of the majors in addition to free-choice/minor courses.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this BSc programme graduates are expected to be able to:
- explain basic theories and concepts of sociology, economics, communication science and law & governance (with the aim to explain issues and themes within the domain of international development studies);
- explain social transformation processes related to livelihoods, agro-food networks, and the environment, at different levels and in a comparative perspective, with special attention to inclusion and exclusion processes, equity and unequal access to resources;
- analyse themes and problems within the domain of international development studies from the perspective of one of the majors: Sociology of Development, Economics of Development, or Communication, Technology and Policy;
- formulate a problem definition, research objectives, and research questions, within an adequate research design, in the domain of international development studies (under supervision) ;
- apply appropriate methods and techniques to collect data for and analyse data of literature and empirical research in the domain of international development studies (under supervision) ;
- explain the functioning of policies and intervention strategies within the domain of international development studies, including the relation with research and taking into account different stakeholder positions;
- reflect critically upon problems, theories and research results in the domain of international development studies;
- identify the ethical and value-driven aspects of research and intervention strategies, and the various roles of the specialist in international development studies;
- communicate clearly (verbally and in writing) about the results of learning, project work and research with a diversity of publics;
- co-operate in a (multidisciplinary) team;
- reflect upon personal knowledge, skills, attitudes and functioning, both individually and in discussions with others, and design and plan their own study path (under supervision).

Majors

- Sociology of Development;
- Economics of Development;
- Communication, Technology and Policy.

Programme Director

Drs M.G.C. Smetsers
Phone: 0317-(4)84737
Email: maria.smetsers@wur.nl

Study Adviser(s)

- Ir E. van den Broek
Phone: 0317-(4)83932
Email: eva.vandenbroek@wur.nl
- Ir M. van Maanen-Nooij
Phone: 0317-(4)82772
Email: marleen.nooij@wur.nl
- Drs M.G.C. Smetsers
Phone: 0317-(4)84737
Email: maria.smetsers@wur.nl

Programme Committee

Chair: Prof. dr ir J.P.M. van Tatenhove
Secretary: Drs M.G.C. Smetsers

Internet

http://www.bin.wur.nl

Study Association

Ipso Facto
De Leeuwenborch, Hollandseweg 1, 6706 KN Wageningen
Email: bestuur.ipso-facto@wur.nl

Unconditional Admission to the MSc

MCS Applied Communication Science
MID International Development Studies
MLE Leisure Tourism and Environment