Department of Sociology

SOC538 HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL POLICY

Course Code: 2320538
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 8.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Graduate
Course Coordinator: Academic Staff SABİHA SEYHAN AYDINLIGİL
Offered Semester: Fall or Spring Semesters.

Course Objective

The course aims to enable students to become familiar with and discuss current debates relating to the human development paradigm and the capabilities approach as proposed by A.Sen and to examine their value as sociological tools for enhanced social policy.Conceptual issues on social policy in a development context will be examined.The perspective of human development and the capabilities expansion will be applied to analyze Turkey's experience in people-centred development.Current thinkers of Human Development Paradigm and the Capabilities Approach will be examined based on readings from the Journals of Human Development,published by Taylor and Francis Group of the Routledge Press.The course will address multiple issues relating to social policy and development interrelationships.Ongoing sociological debates on the concepts of inequality, equity of opportunities,poverty,capabilities expansion,redistribution,the role of the state, market and the civil society will be reexamined from the perspective of the Human Development Paradigm/Capabilities Approach.

Course Content

This course explores the concept and practice of Human Development as a sociological analysis tool with emphasis on national and social development policy building. The course will examine the multifarious social and economic development debates offered by the global Human Development Reports (HDR) or UNDP, published annually since 1990. Particular emphasis will be given to analysis and discussion of Turkey´s human development performance in the context of the construction of the Human Development Index (HDI) and in the time period of 1990-2005 while comparative perspective maintained with those of selected UN member states, EU and OECD countries. Controversial human development issues will be discussed with the aim of shifting analysis towards the adoption of the Human Development perspective in policy making and development priority setting for socio-economic development and formulation of related action programmes/projects.

Learning Outcomes

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