Sociology of Resource Management

By Prof. Amrita Sen, Prof. Archana Patnaik   |   IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 514
The aim of this course is to bring in various sociological dimensions of managing  and governing resources be it a natural resource such as land, water, fisheries, forest or a man-made resource like internet, knowledge, culture, etc. The course will reflect on different perspectives on conservation practices, socio-political context, technical and cultural interaction between resources and different stakeholders. While doing that it will situate the debates along developmental and commons discourse. Students will learn the vocabulary of resource management and gain conceptual clarity through their exposure on the alternative resource governance mechanisms and resource  management  regimes (open source and commons).
INTENDED AUDIENCE: Students, civil service aspirants , gate aspirants , academicians, industry professional, working professionals-ngos

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Educational institutes and universities
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 22 Aug 2022
End Date : 16 Sep 2022
Enrollment Ends : 22 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 30 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1:  Natural resource management and different theoretical approach
Week 2: Community control of natural resources and man­ made resources
Week 3: Understanding urban commons
Week 4: Participatory approaches to resource management in India

Books and references

1. Berkes, F. (ed.) (1991) Common Property Resources: Ecology and Community-based Sustainable Development. Dehra Dun: International Books Distributors.
2. Ostrom E, Gardner R and Walker J. (eds.) (1994) Rules, games, and common-pool resources, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
3. Ostrom E. (1990) Governing the commons: The evolution of institutions for collective action, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
4. Hardin, G. (1968). The tragedy of the commons: the population problem has no technical solution; it requires a fundamental extension in morality. Science, 162(3859), 1243-1248.
5. Ostrom, E. (2003) How Types of Goods and Property Rights Jointly Affect Collective Action. Journal of Theoretical Politics 15(3): 239-271.
6. Agrawal, A. (2007) Forests, Governance, and Sustainability: Common Property Theory and its Contributions. International Journal of the Commons, 1(1).
7. Beitl CM. (2012) Shifting policies, access, and the tragedy of enclosures in Ecuadorian mangrove fisheries: towards a political ecology of the commons. Journal of Political Ecology, 19.
8. Zimmerer, K. S. 2006. Cultural ecology: at the interface with political ecology - The new geographies of environmental conservation and globalization. Progress in Human Geography, 30 (1), 63-78
9. Unnikrishnan, Hita, B. Manjunatha, and Harini Nagendra. 2016. Contested Urban Commons: Mapping the Transition of a Lake to a Sports Stadium in Bangalore. International Journal of the Commons 10 (1), 265–93.
10. Baviskar, A. 2018. City Limits: Looking for Environment and Justice in the Urban Context. In Sharachchandra Lele, Eduardo S. Brondizio, John Byrne, Georgina M. Mace, and Joan 4 Martinez-Alier (eds), Rethinking Environmentalism: Linking Justice, Sustainability, and Diversity, pp. 85-97. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Instructor bio

Prof. Amrita Sen

IIT Kharagpur
Prof. Amrita Sen is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur . Her research interests include cultural and political ecology, politics of forest conse rvation, urban environmental conflicts and Anthropocene studies. In 2019, Amrita received the 'Excellence in PhD Thesis award ' from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, for her doctoral research on the conservation politics in Sundarbans . Recently, she has been awarded a Junior Core Fellowship by the Central European University, Budapest, to work on environmental social science issues.

Prof. Archana Patnaik

IIT Kharagpur
Prof. Archana Patnaik is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. Her research interests include community based natural resource management and common studies, law and society, sociology of .science and technology, gender, and technology . She has been working on cultural commons, food, and smart cities. In 2010, she was awarded The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)-WOTRO (Science for Global Development) PhD fellowship to research on seeds as commons.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 30 October 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

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