Development Management Eighth Semester

DM 454: Social Development

The objective of this course is to familiarize the students about the basic tenants of social development, its characteristics, principles, policies, programs and strategies. Upon the completion of this course the students will be able to work in the field of social development and social sectors.


  1. Introduction: concept, nature, concept, significance of social development and its issues and challenges, social development and social change.     
  2. Historical perspective of social development, philosophical schools of social development – capitalist and socialist, differences between development and social development.    
  3. Policies of social development: roles of the state in social development, welfare state and promotion of social development; social equity and social justice; human rights and social development; social development policies in Nepal.
  4. Social Development strategies: Social development and capacity building, human capital formation for social development; youth development, social security. Senior citizen, child development, health, education and sanitation programs for social development.
  5. Contemporary Issues in social development: stake holder’s participation in social development, poverty reduction and social development issues, inclusiveness and social development.    


Pieterse, Jan Nadevreen (2010). Development Theory. New Delhi: Sage (Chapter on social development

National Human Rights Commission (2011). Indicators for Monitoring Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Nepal. Lalitpur: NHRC

National Planning Commission (2010). Three Year Interim Plan (2067/68- 2069/070) Kathmandu: NPC

National Planning Commission & United Nations Development Program (2010). Millennium Development Goals Need Assessment for Nepal, Kathmandu: National Planning Commission

Local Governance Specialization

LG 473: Rural-Urban Partnership

The aim of this course is to orient the students to rural urban partnership and its roles in minimizing the differentiation between rural and urban development, its strategies and measures to be taken so that the students will be able to understand the changing context of development and also can assume the responsibility as change agents.


  1. Meaning and concept of rural urban partnership, relationship with development, its importance, importance of complimentary developmental role through partnership.
  2. Basic theories of rural urban partnership – Core and periphery Model; Gateway Model; Central Place Theory; Growth Pole Model; Regional Development Model.
  3. Relationship between Town and Hinterland- classification of rural and urban areas; migration and linkage, resource and linkage, technology and product and linkage; Techniques of rural urban linkage and importance of networking in linkage building.
  4. Rural Urban Linkage and Entrepreneurship Development- Human capital formation and development; Institutional Development for linkages and its forms for partnership for entrepreneurship.            
  5. Rural Urban partnership and Local Governments- Role of Local Governments in rural urban partnership, Tole and Lane organizations for partnership; partnership and poverty reduction


Jnawaly, Damodar (2004). Rural Urban Interaction: A Geographical Perspective, Kathmandu: Students Books Publishers

Bennet, Jenny (2006). Rural Urban Partnership Program in Nepal, Kathmandu: RUPP