Rethinking Development

By Prof. Satyapriya Rout   |   University of Hyderabad, Department of Sociology
Learners enrolled: 135

The course "Rethinking Development" aims to sociologically examine the complexities of the process of development as it unfolded in the societies of the developing world. It explores specific issues of development such as modernisation, poverty, inequality, underdevelopment; as well contemporary concerns such as capability, decentralization, displacement, gender, participation and sustainable development. The course reviews the major debates on development from two important theoretical perspectives, i.e. modernization theory and dependency theory. It also highlights the post-development as well as the world system perspectives of development.

Course Objective
The broad objective of the course is to provide the students with a comprehensive conceptual, theoretical and empirical background to the process of development. The course offers a broad overview of the way development is conceptualized and contested in social sciences literature.

Course learning outcomes

After completion of the course, the students will be able to: 

  • Explain the historical trajectories and contemporary concerns of development. 
  • Differentiate between different approaches of development and illustrate the linkages between development and modernisation
  • Discuss the major theoretical perspectives and conceptual categories in sociology of development
  •  Assess the contemporary development paradigm and identify its major concerns
  • Develop a critical thinking regarding the concept of development and its implications for our society 
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge on recent debates on development focusing on human development and sustainability

Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 15 weeks
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 30 Oct 2022
Exam Date :
Enrollment Ends : 15 Sep 2022
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 4
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

UNIT 1 : Unpacking Development (3 weeks – 9 Modules)

  • Locating the idea and origin of development
  • Meaning of development
  • Development: The Concept & its Critique
  • Social Justice Approach to Development
  • Rights based approach to Development
  • Development with Dignity
  • Social Development
  • Human Development Paradigm


UNIT 2 : Theorising Development (4 weeks – 12 Modules)

  • Modernisation
  • Dependency
  • Post development
  • World system


UNIT 3 : Developmental Regimes in India (3 weeks – 9 Modules)

  • Political Economy of development
  • Growth and developmental regimes in India
  • Democracy and Economic Transition in India
  • Democracy, decentralisation and development in india
  • Neo-liberalism and development


UNIT 4 : Issues in Development Praxis (4 weeks – 12 Modules)

  • Development as Freedom
  • Capability Approach
  • Environment and Development
  • Globalisation and Development
  • Development, displacement and rehabilitation
  • Gender and development
  • Social capital and development
  • Participation and development
  • PRA and rural development


Instructor bio

Prof. Satyapriya Rout

University of Hyderabad, Department of Sociology
Dr. Satyapriya Rout is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Hyderabad (UoH), Hyderabad, where he is teaching since August 2006. Prior to joining UoH, he worked as Lecturer in Sociology at Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi from February 2004 to August 2006. At UoH, he teaches courses like Environmental Sociology, Sociology of Development, and Contemporary Development Issues. Dr. Rout's areas of research interest broadly include environment and natural resource governance, environmental movements, decentralised governance and development. While inquiring into the question of community’s engagement with governance of natural resources, his research focuses upon forest and water. Dr. Rout was awarded Sir Ratan Tata Visiting Fellowship for his post-doctoral research at Asia Research Centre, London School of Economics & Political Science, London, UK during October 2012 - June 2013. He was also awarded UKIERI visiting fellowship at LSE, London, UK (2015 - 16); SSPS-IASH visiting fellowship at University of Edinburgh, UK (2014); ICSSR-NRCT Indo-Thai visiting fellowship (2011); Legal Pluralism visiting fellowship at University of Neuchatel, Switzerland (2009). His most recent publications are: • [2019] Social Inequality and Access to Water: Equity, Sustainability and Participation in Rhetorics of Drinking Water Reforms in India. New Delhi: Serials Publication. • [2018] 'Sustaining South-east Asia's Forests: Community, Institution and Forest Governance in Thailand'. Millennial Asia (Sage Publications). 9 (2): 140 - 161. • [2018] 'Gendered participation in community forest governance in India', Contemporary Social Science: Journal of Academy of Social Sciences, UK (Taylor & Francis, UK). 13 (1): 72 - 84.

Course certificate

The course is of 4 credits. The assessment pattern of the course includes continuous assessment of 30 marks and end-semester examination of 70 marks. Students who successfully complete the course requirements will receive the Certificate from University of Hyderabad and SWAYAM. The credits can be used as part of the CBCS courses at various Indian Universities.

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