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SOC603 : Sociology of Development

Course Overview

Course Synopsis

This course is focusing on the application of sociological concepts to the process of social development. It aims to equip students with a basic understanding of the theories, concepts and measures that are used in the study of development. In addition, development models are examined, as well as some of the issues that must be addressed as societies become more complex. Students are expected to have more than a passing knowledge of current affairs and issues that affect the development agenda whether positively or negatively in the Third World. Is the Third World moving along a steady path towards development or is it a myth? What do Third World countries need to do to achieve sustainable development? How well does Third World countries match up against First World countries in a global world? The course seeks to answer questions such as these in an effort to find a viable and sustainable way forward towards development.

Course Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the various ideologies of development over time
  • Identify and describe the rationale for and critiques of development policies and programs
  • Evaluate various impacts of development policies and programs
  • Understand the characteristics of the developmental state
  • Understand sociological perspectives on global inequality and development
  • Investigate specific development issues
  • Analyze the relationship between the local and the global in the context of development
  • Explain the historical developments that have shaped concepts such as the third world, progress and development

Course Calendar

Development: An Introduction (Topics 01-05)1
Economic Determinant of Development - I (Topics 06-09)2
Economic Determinant of Development - II (Topics 10-13)3
Human Development (Topics 14-19)4
Social Development (Topics 20-22)5
Social Development in Pakistan (Topics 23-25)6
Sustainable Development - I (Topics 26-29)7
Sustainable Development - II (Topics 30-33)8
Approaches to Development - I (Topics 34-38)9
Approaches to Development - II (Topics 39-43)10
Socialist Model of Development - I (Topics 44-47)11
Socialist Model of Development - II (Topics 48-51)12
Islamic Model of Development (Topics 52-54)13
Agencies of Development - I (Topics 55-58)14
Agencies of Development - II (Topics 59-63)15
Constitution as an Agent of Development (Topics 64-68)16
Government Schemes and Programmes (Topics 69-71)17
Quiz No.01
NGOs and Development (Topics 72-76)18
Bottom-up Model (Topics 77-82)19
Welfare and Development (Topics 83-89)20
Equality and Development (Topics 90-94)21
Empowerment and Development (Topics 95-101)22
Grand Quiz
Poverty and Development (Topics 102-110)23
Modernization Theory - I (Topics 111-115)24
Modernization Theory - II (Topics 116-119)25
Theories of Underdevelopment - I (Topics 120-123)26
Graded Discussion Board
Theories of Underdevelopment - II (Topics 124-128)27
Theories of Underdevelopment - III (Topics 129-132)28
Population, Urbanization and Education: Development Approach - I (Topics 133-138)29
Population, Urbanization and Education: Development Approach - II (Topics 139-144)30
Political Development and Social Class - I (Topics 145-150)31
Political Development and Social Class - II (Topics 151-154)32
Development Aid - I (Topics 155-158)33
Development Aid - II (Topics 159-162)34
Critique of Industrialization (Topics 163-166)35
Development Model and Policies - I (Topics 167-171)36
Quiz No.02
Development Model and Policies - II (Topics 172-175)37
Possible Futures of Development in the Third World (Topics 176-181)38
Planned Intervention - I (Topics 182-187)39
Planned Intervention - II (Topics 188-193)40
Agrarian Development - I (Topics 194-199)41
Agrarian Development - II (Topics 200-205)42
Agrarian Development - III (Topics 206-211)43
Globalization and Localization - I (Topics 212-217)44
Globalization and Localization - I (Topics 218-222)45
Disclaimer: This is a tentative plan. It can be changed if needed and students will be informed via announcement.
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