- Code ANTH4010
- Unit Value 12 units
- Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Anthropology
- Areas of interest Anthropology, Development Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Prof Francesca Merlan
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2016
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This course will focus on a number of important and current concepts in development policy and practice, explore their background in the social sciences, their recent history in development, and provide some practical experience in dealing with them. We begin by looking at who development practitioners are, and changing understandings of what development involves. We then examine the role of notions of `community’ and `culture’ in development, participation and capability, the rise of the framework of `social capital', gender sensitivity, justice and human rights, indigenous knowledge, views of sustainability and appropriate technology in development. In locating 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. In weekly readings, we try to balance theoretical discussion of particular concepts with some grounded exemplification of how they have figured in development practice.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Understand the background to key development concepts,
- Evaluate their use in development projects, policy, and practice,
- Independently develop a research design, and
- Choose rigorous and practical research methods to address a problem focussed research question(s)
Essay 1500 words 15% (LO 1)
Annotated Bibliography 1000 words 10% (LO 1)
Major Project 2500 words 20% (LO 2, 3)
Research Essay 5000 words 50% (LO 2, 3, 4)
Participation 5% (LO 1, 2)
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3 hours of lectures and 1 hour of tutorial per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 16 hours of independent study per week over the semester (total 260 hours)
Requisite and Incompatibility
Cornwall, A. 2000. Making a Difference? Gender and Participatory Development. Institute of Development Studies Discussion Paper No. 378, University of Sussex.
Doornbos, M. 2001. `Good Governance’: The Rise and Decline of a Policy Metaphor? Journal of Development Studies 37(6): 93-108.
Evans, Peter 2002. Collective Capabilities, Culture, and Amartya Sen’s Development as Freedom. Studies in Comparative International Development 37(2): 54-60.
Harriss, J. 2001. Public Action and the Dialectics of Decentralisation: Against the Myth of Social Capital as `The Missing Link in Development’. Social Scientist 29 (11-12):25-40.
Hart, K. and V. Padayachee 2011. Development. From The Human Economy, Keith Hart, Jean-Louis Laville and Antonio David Cattani eds. Polity.
Ibrahim, S. And Hulme, D. 2010. Has civil society helped the poor?: A review of the roles and contributions of civil society to poverty reduction. BWPI (Brooks World Poverty Institute) Working Paper 114. Manchester: BWPI
Mohan, G. and K. Stokke 2000. Participatory development and empowerment. Third World Quarterly 21 (2).
Sen, Amartya 2004. How Does Culture Matter? Pp. 37-58 in Culture and Public Action: A Cross-Disciplinary Dialogue on Development Policy. Eds.
Thirwall, A. P. 2002. Development as Economic Growth. Pp. 41-4 in The Companion to Development Studies, eds. V. Desai and R.B. Potter. Hodder Arnold.
Walker, A. 2001. Introduction: Simplification and the Ambivalence of Community. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 2(2): 1 -20.
Completion of a cognate major
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|8980||18 Jul 2016||29 Jul 2016||31 Aug 2016||28 Oct 2016||In Person||N/A|