Development Sociology

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LecturerSanae ITO, Professor
DepartmentGraduate School of International Development, 2015 Spring
Recommended for:School of Letters School of Education School of Economics School of Law (21.5 hours / session One session / week 15 weeks / semester)

Key Features

Although this course is titled "Developmental Sociology", we will discuss the lineage and fundamental concepts of the history of theories in developmental sociology. More than half of the students in this class are exchange students from around the world. Although it varies from student to student, regardless of the country of origin, students from abroad are normally more accustomed to presenting their questions and opinions. On the other hand, Japanese students are relatively quiet, so efforts must be made to create balance. For example, students will have a chance to discuss the topic in question amongst themselves in small groups of 3 or 4, and present to the whole class what they have discussed. By doing so, I try to create an environment where everyone can join in and express their opinions.


  • Haslam, P. A., J. Schafer, and P. Beaudet, eds. 2012. Introduction to International Development: Approaches, Actors, and Issues. Second ed. Ontario: Oxford University Press.
  • Haynes, J. 2008. Development Studies. Cambridge: Policy.
  • Willis, K. 2005. Theories and Practices of Development. London: Routledge.
  • Perecman, E. and S. R. Curran, eds. 2006. A Handbook for Social Science Field Research: Essays & Bibliographic Sources on Research Design and Methods. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications

Weekly lectures

Session Contents
1 Introduction: what is development?
2 History of development
3 Theories of development
4 Post-development and alternatives to development
5 Gender and development
6 Globalization and development
7 The state, development agencies, and bilateral aid
8 Multilateral actors in development
9 Civil society and development
10 Environment and development
11 Rural development
12-15 Social Research Methods

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Course Evaluation

Term paper (70%) and contribution to classroom discussions (30%)

Last updated

May 10, 2020