• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Colin Filer
    • Dr Sarah Milne
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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The World Bank is the most controversial institution in the world of development policy and practice.  From one point of view, it sets the agenda for most of the other actors engaged in the provision of international development assistance.  From another point of view, the constraints and policies that it imposes, by virtue of its governing body being controlled by western nations, perpetuate many of the underlying problems confronting developing countries.  This course examines the policies, procedures and practices of the World Bank through an institutional and ethnographic lens, using case study materials to show that it is not a monolithic organisation with a single mission, but a very large group of individuals working in different roles, confronting a wide variety of political and practical problems in their dealings with other actors in the development policy process.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will have the ability to:

  1. Explain the significance and history of the World Bank as an actor in third world development.
  2. Critically assess the benefits and costs of World Bank engagement with particular developing countries and projects.
  3. Contribute to public debate about the benefits and costs of World Bank engagement with specific international and national development policy processes.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment Task

Word Count

Assessment Value

Learning outcome to be assessed

Country case study

1500

30%

1

Thematic essay

3000

60%

2

Participation in seminar discussion

500

10%

3

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Workload

30 hours lectures and seminars; 90 hours reading and writing

Prescribed Texts

Use will be made of a variety of documents produced by the World bank and available from its website.  In addition, students will be directed to read extracts from other publications containing critical discussions of World Bank policies, procedures and practices, e.g.

Goldman, M., 2005.  Imperial Nature: The World Bank and Struggles for Social Justice in the Age of Globalization.  New Haven: Yale University Press.

Kapur, D. et al. (eds), 1997.  The World Bank: Its First Half Century.  Washington (DC): Brookings Institution.

Seymour, F.J. et al., 2000.  The Right Conditions: The World Bank, Structural Adjustment, and Forest Policy Reform.  Washington (DC): Brookings Institution. 

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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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
4876 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person
4877 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 Online

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