The specialization Sociology of Development addresses social transformation processes from sociological and anthropological perspectives, paying special attention to differential responses to change and the shifting dynamics of power relations at different socio-spatial levels. It focuses on the life worlds, ideologies and organizational strategies of a variety of social actors.
Students from this specialization will explore themes such as food security and sovereignty, access to social and natural resources crucial to livelihoods in rural and urban settings, sociology of agriculture, agro-ecology, the way people cope with sustainability issues, relationships to place and identity and many more.
For a thesis supervised by Rural Sociology, three courses are compulsory
- Theorizing Development: Implications for Research (RSO-34306)
- Sociology in Development: Towards a Critical Perspective (SDC-32806).
- Sociology of Food and Place (RSO-31806)
Additionally, we recommend one or more of the following courses:
- Sociological and Anthropological Perspectives on Development (SDC-30306).
- Food Culture and Customs (RSO-22306).
- A Global Sense of Place: Place-based Approaches of Development (RSO-55306).
- Globalization and Sustainability of Food Production and Consumption (ENP-31806).
- The Sociology of Farming and Rural Life (RSO-30806).
- Origin Food: a Market for Identity (RSO-21806).