• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Development Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Francesca Merlan
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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This course will focus on certain important and current concepts in development policy and practice, and explore their background in the social sciences. We will examine the rise of discourses of development, including ideas of modernization, development and underdevelopment, and the North-South (or First-Third World) divide; relationships between people in local communities and the state; concepts of civil society and community; participation and empowerment; the rise of the framework of `social capital'; gender; poverty and basic needs; justice and human rights; the place of notions of indigeneity; and views of sustainability and appropriate technology in development. In examining some of the background to development concepts in the social sciences, we explore the relationships and tensions between their uses there and in forms of development, trying to identify pitfalls and positives.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Students who satisfy the requirements of this course will:

  • Understand the background to key development concepts and
  • Be able to evaluate their use in development projects, policy, and practice

Other Information

This course is a required course for the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development Program and therefore is generally available each year

Indicative Assessment

Essay 30%, participation 10%, annotated bibliography 20%, major project 40%.

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Two Hours per week - seminar format plus an additional four hours per week involved in going through the requried readingns, preparing for on-line activties, and writing essays.



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On- Campus
1020 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A
2893 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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