MSO-003: Sociology of Development

By Prof. Debal K. SinghaRoy   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi
Learners enrolled: 739

This course introduces the students to the dynamics of development. Besides making the student acquainted with the broad processes of historical evolution and development of human societies, it also engages the students with the new momentum of development those were set in motion through scientific and industrial revolution, modernization and westernization, decolonization and democratization. The growth of capitalist, socialist and the mixed models of developments are also discussed in this course. It has discussed in length the limitations of the growth model of development and the alternatives to it in the form of human, social and sustainable development. Verities of new strategies of development like those of the micro,  ethno, people centric and the  civil society and state engagement with development have been part of this course. The developmental imbalances, those are encountered by the society in its transitions from agricultural to industrial, industrial to knowledge society and their social ramifications are elaborated in this course.. The course content is founded on a comparative perspective. 

Course Credit


Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 16 weeks
Start Date : 15 Jul 2020
End Date :
Exam Date :
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 8
Level : Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1-2: BLOCK-1

Unit-1 Development and Progress:Economic and Social Dimensions
Unit-2 Change, Modernisation and Development
Unit-3 Social, Human and Gender Development
Unit-4 Sustainable Development

Week 3-4: BLOCK-2

Unit-5 Modernisation
Unit-6 Liberal Perspective on Development
Unit-7 Marxian Perspective on Development
Unit-8 Gandhian Perspective on Development

Week 5-6: BLOCK-3

Unit-9 Dependency Theory of Underdevelopment
Unit-10 Social and Human Development
Unit-11 Gender Perspective on Development

Week 7-8: BLOCK-4

Unit-12 Micro-Planning
Unit-13 Ecology, Environment and Development
Unit-14 Ethno-Development
Unit-15 Population and Development

Week 9-10:  BLOCK-5

Unit-16 India
Unit-17 Canada
Unit-18 Zimbabwe
Unit-19 Brazil

Week 11-12: BLOCK-6

Unit-20 Economic, Social and Cultural Dimensions of Globalisation
Unit-21 Liberalisation and Structural Adjustment Programme
Unit-22 Globalisation, Privatisation and Indigenous knowledge
Unit-23 WTO, GATT, GATS: Capital and Human Flows

Week 13-14: BLOCK-7

Unit-24 Dimensions of Knowledge Society: Issues of Access and Equity
Unit-25 Critique of Knowledge Society
Unit-26 Changing Roles of Media and ICTs on Employment

Week 15-16: BLOCK-8

Unit-27 Dam and Displacement
Unit-28 Green Peace Movement
Unit-29 People Science Movement
Unit-30 Civil Society Movements and Grassroots Initiatives

Books and references

This course is self-contained. 

Instructor bio

Prof. Debal K. SinghaRoy

Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi

Prof. Debal K. SinghaRoy MA, MPhil, PhD, is Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi.

Professor SinghaRoy is a recipient of an Australian Government Endeavour Fellowship, 2010. He was a Visiting Scholar with the Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research Centre, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. He was a Commonwealth Fellow and Visiting Professor of Sociology of Social Movements at The Open University, United Kingdom (2006-2007); a Fellow with the Alternative Development Studies Programme, Netherlands (2003); Visiting Research Fellow in the University of Alberta, Canada (2001); Visiting scholar in the La Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, (1999 & 2007). Recently (2018) he was also in the University of Alberta, Edmonton, and University of McMaster, Hamilton, Canada as Shastri-Indo Canadian Visiting Fellow.

Professor Singharoy has researched extensively in the areas of identity and identity construction, social movements, agrarian studies, social development, marginalization, social exclusion, sociology of distance education and knowledge society. His important  publications include Identity, Society and Transformative Social Categories, Sage Publication, New Delhi 2018, Towards a Knowledge Society: New Identities in Emerging India: Cambridge University Press, New Delhi, 2014, Peasant Movements in Post Colonial India: Dynamics of Mobilisation and Identity, Sage Publication, 2004; Social Development and the Empowerment of the Marginalised Perspectives and Strategies(ed), Sage Publication New Delhi, 2002; Women, New Technology and Development, Manohar Publication 1995; Women in Peasant Movements: Tebhaga, Naxalite and After, Manohar Publication 1992; Social Movements: A Course Guide, Athabasca University, Canada, 2006; Dissenting Voices and Transformative Actions: Social Movements in Globalizing World (ed) Manohar Publication, New Delhi, 2010; Interrogating Social Development: Global Perspectives and Local Initiatives (ed), Manohar Publication, New Delhi, 2010; Surviving Against Odds: Marginalized in a Globalising World, (ed), Manohar Publication, New Delhi, 2010. His upcoming book is Partition, Nationalism and Patriotism. He has published several research papers in nationally and internationally reputed journals and in the international Encyclopedia of Social Movements.

Professor SinghaRoy is member of Member Board of Studies, Academic Council and Board of Management of several universities of the country. He is member of several professional

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