The specialisation 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. You will explore themes such as social unrest, the way people cope with conflicts and disasters, migration, refugees, poverty, food security and sovereignty, property rights, and access to social and natural resources crucial to livelihoods in rural and urban settings.
For a major in 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).
For a major in Rural Sociology one or more of the following courses are recommended:
- 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).