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Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

Sociology of Development

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati and NPTEL via Swayam


The objective of the course is to familiarize students with the current issues and debates concerning development. The concept of development, as historically conditioned, has had several connotations, starting from incessant preoccupation with economic growth during the years following independence to the current engagement with the human and social development with active inclusion of local communities in the process. The course attempts to understand the current practices of development by an analysis of the approaches, agencies and issues involved in it.INTENDED AUDIENCE: UG and PG students of Humanities and Social Sciences, Sciences and Engineering.


Week-1 : Historical location of the idea of ‘development’
Week-2 : End of colonialism, rise of nationalism in the Third World and the desire for development Week-3 : Classical sociology and the notions of social change Ideas of evolution and progress Week-4 : Modernization theory – I Week-5 : Modernization theory – II Week-6 : Modernization theory – III Week-7 : Critiques of modernization theory
Week-8 : Dependency theory – I Week-9 : Dependency theory – II Week-10 : Critiques of dependency theory Week-11 : Limits to growth thesis and post-development Week-12 : Globalization and development

Taught by

Prof. Sambit Mallick

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