International Development Studies (BIN) / BSc

Introduction

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 succesful completion of this BSc programme graduates are expected to be able to:
- understand the basic theories of the disciplines of sociology, economics, communication science and law & governance, with the aim to understand social transformation processes related to livelihoods, agro-food networks and the environment, within a dynamic international context;
- understand current 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 social transformation processes from the perspective of one of the majors: Sociology of Development, Economics of Development, and Communication, Technology and Policy;
- analyse different stakeholder positions in various social and political settings;
- formulate (under supervision) a problem definition, research objectives, and research questions, within an adequate research design, in the domain of international development studies;
- apply (under supervision) appropriate methods and techniques to collect data for and analyse data of literature and empirical research in the domain of the programme;
- reflect critically on studies in the domain of the programme;
- understand the relationships between research results and intervention strategies related to the domain of the programme;
- distinguish the ethical and value-driven aspects of research and intervention strategies, and reflect upon 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 to perform project-based work;
- reflect (under supervision) upon personal knowledge, skills, attitudes and functioning, both individually and in discussions with others, and design and plan their own learning path.

Majors

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

Programme Director

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

Study Adviser(s)

- Dr S. Loman
Phone: 0317-(4)84637
Email: sudha.loman@wur.nl
- Ir M. van Maanen-Nooij
Phone: 0317-(4)82772
Email: marleen.nooij@wur.nl
- Ir Emmy Hagenaars
Phone: 0317-(4)84607
Email: bin@wur.nl
- Drs M.G.C. Smetsers
Phone: 0317-(4)84737
Email: maria.smetsers@wur.nl

Programme Committee

Chair: 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