CPT-30806 Social Justice, Technology and Development


Studiepunten 6.00

Individual Paper0
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. BK Boogaard
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. BK Boogaard
dr DJ Ludwig
Examiner(s)dr. ir. BK Boogaard
dr DJ Ludwig

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Assumed knowledge on:

CPT-11806 Technology, Development and Natural Resources;
ENP-22803 Theories and Themes: Sociology;
RSO-20806 Agricultural and Rural Development: Sociological Perspectives; 

Continuation courses:

CPT-22806 Innovation and Transformation;
CPT-37306 Politics of Knowledge and Inclusive Innovation.


Technological changes are often at the core of development projects and societal controversies. Examples include biofuels, transgenic crops, land redistribution, pesticides, microcredits, and the introduction of novel information technologies. This course deals with theories and concrete situations in which social justice issues are intertwined with technological change. The course offers frameworks to analyse inequality, poverty, power in social transformations, and representations of injustice. The framework for this social analysis of technological change is interdisciplinary as it uses selected notions from political philosophy, science and technology studies, development studies, sociology and anthropology.
This course introduces key concepts of social justice theories and contains exercises to work with these concepts. We will discuss how development studies can be framed in social justice terms. The technologies that are used as cases include both social engineering technologies (such as land reform or standards) as well as new, complex artefacts, such as transgenic crops. Later parts of the course address political ecology, indigenous knowledge, and the practical prospects of governing innovation and technology on a global scale.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
explain key concepts and theories regarding social justice and development;
- apply issues of social justice, technology, and development to concrete case studies in areas such as agriculture, communication technologies, electricity, and so on; 
- identify issues of inequality, marginalization, and power differences in current negotiations of development and technology;
- critically engage with research literature and place it in a wider theoretical context through a written review.


- attending lectures;
- discussion sessions and tutorials with assignments: short exercises (group and individually), write critical article review (individually);
- final exam


- written individual review paper  (35%);
- written exam with open questions (65%);
Both components need a minimum mark of 5.50 to pass.


Course outline and information about literature is available through MyPortal.

Verplicht voor: BINInternational Development StudiesBScC: Spec. C - Politics and Communication in Development4WD