Development and Globalization


Course Objective

The aim of this course is to introduce students to development sociology
and more in particular to gain insight into issues of poverty, global
inequality and development. Students will develop an anthropological
perspective on developmental issues in the Global South.

Learning outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding. The student has acquired knowledge and
understanding of:
(1) development and globalisation related processes and their effects on
power relations on the global, regional, national and local level
(2) development and globalisation related processes and their particular
effects on urbanisation, migration, environment and natural resources,
and political relations
(3) anthropological analyses of development and globalisation related

Application. The student has acquired the competences to:
(4) understand and analyse the historical, sociocultural and political
dimensions of international development and globalisation and their role
in shaping the contemporary world

Making judgements. The student demonstrates:
(5) a critical attitude towards the theory and practice of globalisation
and development.
(6) the ability to reflect on issues of global social and cultural

Communication. The student has acquired the skills to:
(7) express critical analysis of processes and phenomena related to
globalisation and development in written text

Course Content

The development of a capitalist economy in the North and the ongoing,
global restructuring of the economy have impacted on economic and social
development of the global South. Policies of states, supranational
development agencies, and local NGOs to raise the standard of living in
the so-called less developed countries have not attained the success
levels hoped for. In fact, growth-oriented policies may have negative
side effects, such as increased inequality, both within and between
states, and ecological degradation. In this course, we analyse the
interactions between (inter)national stakeholders and local populations,
substantiating how particularly the so-called “poor” people experience
inequality and poverty. We also highlight potential and experienced gap
between intentions and outcomes of development policies and look at what
anthropology can contribute to ‘development’ debates and policy

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment

Final written exam.


To be announced in the course manual (on CANVAS)

Target Audience

2nd year bachelor students in Cultural Anthropology and Development
Students in the minor Development and Global Challenges;
Students in the minor Anthropology;
The course is also open as an elective course.

General Information

Course Code S_DG
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator prof. dr. M.E.M. de Theije
Examiner prof. dr. M.E.M. de Theije
Teaching Staff I. Schuitemaker
prof. dr. M.E.M. de Theije

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture
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