Development, Global Inequality and Sustainability

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Doel vak

As the main objective of this course, students develop further their
skills of framing a research question theoretically, including making a
well-informed assessment of the potentials and limitations of assorted
theoretical concepts applied to topical issues.

Learning outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding. The student has acquired knowledge and
understanding of:
(1) the most important theories and concepts in the field of the
anthropology of development, global inequality and sustainability.

Application. The student has acquired the competences to:
(2) integrate theoretical concepts of this course into their respective
research plans in the making (simultaneously written in the course Field
Research Design).

Making judgments. The student is able to demonstrate:
(3) a critical and curious attitude, that is, an eagerness to question
both accepted, scientific explanations and prevalent assumptions about
phenomena that by some actors have been defined as ‘societal problems’.

Communication. The student is able to:
(4) compose a clear and creative, theoretically grounded, oral or
written argument.

Inhoud vak

Historical events such as colonialism and the development of industrial
capitalist economies in Europe led to a current world-system of unequal
global distribution of wealth that we often call the split between
developed and underdeveloped world. This phenomenon leads to very
explicit political, social and economic conditions that dominate the
world today. In this specialisation, we approach critically the ideas of
development and their historical roots in 19th century and especially in
the period after World War II. We analyse and talk about current
international development policies and current trends within the
development industry, approaching interactions between (inter)national
stakeholders and local populations. We approach in reference to
development themes such as civil society and State, global commodity
chains, NGOs and International Organisations, poverty,
industrialisation, urbanisation, family and kinship, religion and
globalisation, structural adjustments, fair trade and ethical
capitalism, but also about resistance to development, de-growth, Commons
or post-development theories, to mention just a few of the issues that
we will discuss.


Lectures and tutorials


Three written assignments (25% each) and final presentation (25%)


To be announced in the course manual (see Canvas).


Elective course for students in the Master Social and Cultural

This course is also open as an elective course for students in the
Master Educatie in de mens- en maatschappijwetenschappen and the
Educatieve masteropleiding Leraar Voorbereidend Hoger Onderwijs in de

Algemene informatie

Vakcode S_DGIS
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P2
Vakniveau 500
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
Vakcoördinator prof. D. Dalakoglou
Examinator prof. D. Dalakoglou
Docenten prof. D. Dalakoglou

Praktische informatie

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