MA First Semester
Course Title: Development: Theory and Discourse
Course No.: RDS 551
Nature of the Course: Theory Period per Week: 3
Year: First Time per Period: 1 hour
Semester: First Total Period: 48
The general objective of this course is to acquaint students with the theories and discourses of development. The specific objectives are; to trace the root of the concept development and rural development, to analyze shift in development thinking, to analyze the mainstream and alternative development theories and discourses, to get equip with different timelines of the ideas of rural development and to critically analyze the applicability of endogenous and alternative theories of rural development in the context of Nepal. It is expected that after completion of this course students will be able to relate theory of rural development in different contexts.
Course Contents LH
Chapter I: Origin of Development Concept 6
1.1 Genesis of Development
1.2 Classical economics and development (Assumptions and critique)
1.3 Neo-classical economics and development (Assumptions and critique)
1.4 Paradigm shift in development thinking
1.4.1. Beginning of development era
Chapter II: Development Theories and Discourse 20
2.1 Mainstream development theories (Modernization, Dependency/World System Theory)
2.3 Alternative development theories (Sustainable development, Human development and Inclusive development)
2.4 Post-development discourses
Chapter III: Rural Development: Concept and Theories 15
3.1 Origin of concept
3.2 Theories of rural development
3.2.1 Exogenous rural development (Concept of growth and mode of development)
3.2.2 Endogenous rural development (Growth pattern, resource utilization and actors)
3.2.3 Alternative rural development (Social justice, Equity, self-reliance and Third Worldism)
Chapter IV: Rural Development Timeline and Approaches 7
4.1 Rural development timeline after 1950s
4.2 Review of rural development approaches
4.2.1 Community development
4.2.2 Basic need approach
4.2.3 Integrated rural development approach
4.2.4 Right based approach
4.2.5 Rural livelihood approach
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