RSO-55306 A Global Sense of Place: Place-based Approaches of Development


Studiepunten 6.00

Individual Paper2
Course coordinator(s)AGM de Vrieze
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. D Roep
AGM de Vrieze
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


A Global Sense of Place gives a critical overview of approaches and discourses on sustainable place-based development and is a constituent and contingent expression of three interrelated, interdependent and relational processes: economic, ecological and social-cultural. We will focus on two main approaches to place making: 1) as arenas for negotiation, conflicting interests and power struggles and 2) endowed with meaning and as fields in which constitution of identities, subjectivities and difference take place.
In this course students will get the opportunity to get insight in key-concepts of main thinkers about sustainable place-based development. Their work will be critically discussed on the basis of case studies. Ultimately, the course will teach students how to analyse development and rural reconstruction processes from a place-based perspective and therefore is of interest for all those who are interested in development studies. This advanced MSc course might also be of interest to PhD candidates associated with the Centre for Space, Place and Society.

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;
- critically reflect upon these approaches and evaluate their value in social sciences research.


- lecture;
- self-study;
- individual assignments;
- presentation and discussion.


Individual assignments and individual essay.


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