RSO-55306 A Global Sense of Place: Inclusive place-based development


Studiepunten 6.00

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Course coordinator(s)AGM de Vrieze
Lecturer(s)AGM de Vrieze
dr. ir. D Roep
dr. ir. JP Jongerden
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. JSC Wiskerke

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

SDC-30306 Sociological and Anthropological Perspectives on Development


In the face of urgent environmental and societal challenges, how do we move towards inclusive futures? What is the role of people in places? And what can be our role as (social) scientists?

In this course, we explore inclusive place-based approaches to development. We depart from a relational perspective on place: rather than seeing place as defined by boundaries and intrinsic characteristics, we see place as the outcome of (ecological, economic and social-cultural) relations. We analyse how change happens from below and how people take matters in their own hands, shaping the places they live in according to their own needs and values. A relational perspective allows us to see the interdependence between the local and the global, the urban and the rural and the individual and the collective.  

Besides engaging with key theories and analysing topical cases, we reflect upon our own role as (social) scientists and explore the tools and methodologies we need in place-based research, specifically focusing on participatory and creative methods.

This advanced MSc course is relevant for all students (including PhD candidates) with an interest in inclusive development, that seek theoretical as well as methodological guidance. The course can help students prepare an MSc thesis proposal and is supported by all chair groups involved in the Centre for Space, Place and Society (RSO, SDC, HSO and GEO)  

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
explain key-concepts;
- give an overview of contemporary sociological, anthropological, and geographical-planning approaches for place-based development;
- compare these approaches and explain their differences;
- analyse cases based on these theoretical approaches;
- reflect upon the possibilities and challenges of participatory and creative methodologies for place-based research;
- reflect upon their own role as (social) scientists.


- lecture;
- self-study;
- excursion;
- individual assignments;
- discussion.


Individual assignments and individual essay.


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