• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr John Minns
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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This course is about development and change in the contemporary world. It examines the main theoretical approaches to development and how they affect development practice. Against this background the course takes up some key themes connected to the current “development agenda”, including the role of social policies, foreign aid, gender, environmental sustainability, and development-induced displacement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the different perspectives and theories of development and change in the modern era.
  2. Analyse the competing interests, motivations and rhetoric of key stakeholders and interest groups.
  3. Apply development theory and perspectives to contemporary issues.
  4. Conduct research and think critically and to develop academic writing styles to suit different purposes.
  5. Understand the issues and processes described and to relate them to current affairs and present-day issues of significance.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Early term essay/policy brief plan(*) (approx 500 words): 10% [Learning Outcomes 3, 4, 5]

  2. Mid-term essay/policy brief (*) (2000-2500 words): 40% [Learning Outcomes 3, 4, 5]

  3. Take home final exam (approx. 2000 words): 40% [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

  4. Participation in at least 7 tutorials: 10% [Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4, 5]

(*) Students can choose between writing an essay or a policy brief.

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level ANU courses; or permission of the convenor

Prescribed Texts

Hopper, P. Understanding Development. Cambridge, UK; Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2012.


Majors

Minors

Fees

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
3261 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

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