• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Development Studies
  • Minor code DEST-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Development Studies Minor

Development Studies refers to a broad range of courses that address the planning, implementation and consequences of social, political and economic change among peoples of the Third and Fourth Worlds.

Development as an aspect of state policy, and specifically as an integral part of relations between states of the wealthy 'West' or 'North' (First World) and states of the 'South' (Third World), gained prominence after the Second World War with the establishment of the IMF/World Bank and other development banks and aid agencies, such as USAID and the Australian Development Assistance Bureau. Since then agency and government officials, practitioners and intellectuals have debated the rights and wrongs of development and the merits of particular approaches to development. These have crystallised in various 'theories' or approaches to development, such as the modernisation theories, world system theories, or the more recent emphasis on empowerment or popular participation.

Development Studies examines the impact of globalisation on states and peoples of the South, and reviews notions of economic viability, democracy, governance, human rights or environmental sustainability as they apply to such culturally divergent entities. In the last two decades there has been an explosion in the numbers of non-government organisations (NGOs) or voluntary organisations (VOs) also concentrating on development.


Learning outcomes

  • Familiarity with the principles of development as espoused in the development      industry
  • Familiarity with past and current critiques of the principles and      practices of development
  • Detailed understanding of select issues within development
  • Understanding of social and political issues which affect      underdevelopment
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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

A minimum of 12 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ANTH2009 Culture and Development 6
POLS2011 Development and Change 6
SOCY2030 Sociology of Third World Development 6

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ANTH2025 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective 6
ANTH2026 Medicine, Healing and the Body 6
ANTH2056 Belonging, Identity and Nationalism 6
ANTH2129 Crossing Borders: Migration, Identity and Livelihood 6
ANTH2134 States and Citizens: Anthropological Perspectives 6
ANTH3017 Indigenous Worlds: Challenges of Emergence, Recognition, and Change 6
BIAN2119 Nutrition, Disease and the Environment 6
BIAN2120 Culture, Biology and Population Dynamics 6
ECON2900 Development Poverty and Famine 6
ECHI2006 The World Economy Since 1800 (P) 6
POLS2075 Globalism and the Politics of Identity 6
POLS2094 Issues in International Political Economy 6
POLS2101 Refugee Politics: Displacement and Exclusion in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries 6
SOCY2060 Mobile Societies 6
  SOCY 3022: Identity Diff Ethnicity
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