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.
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:
UNIT 1 : Unpacking Development (3 weeks – 9 Modules)
UNIT 2 : Theorising Development (4 weeks – 12 Modules)
UNIT 3 : Developmental Regimes in India (3 weeks – 9 Modules)
UNIT 4 : Issues in Development Praxis (4 weeks – 12 Modules)