RHI-10506 Introduction to International Development Studies


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)dr. AJAM Schuurman
Lecturer(s)dr. AJAM Schuurman
Examiner(s)dr. AJAM Schuurman

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This course is a historical and geographical introduction in global economic, political, social, cultural and environmental developments and differences. This course offers a historical and spatial context for the study of contemporary development studies.
Students will also get an introduction in the uses of computers and the library, as well as in the critical assessment of literature.

Learning outcomes:

After this course students are expected to be able to:
- use the Wageningen digital environment;
- acquire and assess information by using Wageningen Desktop Library;
- apply the rules for writing a paper;
- understand contemporary globalization as a heterogeneous process;
- understand different dimensions of contemporary globalization;
- assess contemporary events against the background of long term developments - name themes in development studies.


Lectures, study, tutorials. It is expected that the student will prepare the relevant literature for the lectures, that he participates actively in the discussions, and does the weekly assignments.


There will be a written exam based on the lectures and the obligatory literature. The final mark is the result of this written exam and a bonus for the assignments.


Peter Daniels, Michael Bradshaw, Denis Shaw and James Sidaway, Introduction to human geography. Issues for the 21st century. Harlow: Prentice Hall, 2008.

Compulsory for: BINInternational Development StudiesBSc1WD
Compulsory for: WUDPGBSc Minor Development and Policies in a Globalizing World1MO