• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Sharon Bessell
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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The creation of the United Nations in 1945 was the catalyst for international efforts to promote development in the countries of the Global South. The UN Charter identifies one purpose of the organisation as achieving international cooperation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural or humanitarian character.   In the almost seven decades since, debates have raged as to what constitutes development and how to achieve it.  As poverty and inequality continue to plague the lives of much of the world’s population, development often seems to be an elusive concept.  It is certainly a highly contested one.
This course examines some of the major themes that have shaped the international development agenda since World War Two and the theories that have influenced both development thinking and practice.
The course does not assume there is a single or a correct approach towards development, but aims to explore and critically assess the ideas, values and assumptions that have shaped international development agendas.

Learning Outcomes

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

On successful completion of this course, students will:
1.      Have a deep understanding of different, often competing, conceptualisations of ‘development’
2.      Have a sound knowledge of several major theories of international development
3.      Be able to critically analyse the strengths and shortcomings of major theories
4.      Have a strong understanding of several themes that dominate the contemporary international development agenda
5.      Be able to critically analyse the strengths and shortcomings of dominant themes

Indicative Assessment

Test     (relates to Learning Outcome 1)         40%

Essay  (relates to Learning Outcomes 2-3)     50%

Seminar Attendance and Contribution (relates to Learning Outcomes 1-3)      10%

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30 contact hours over about 11 weeks; please see the timetable on the Crawford School website for details.

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts. However depending upon availability and suitability, an especially topical contemporary book may be set. The cost of this book is always kept to a minimum by using a cheap hardcover or paperback edition. 

Preliminary Reading

Students are encouraged to commence reading the material presented in the Reading Brick before classes commence.

A select bibliography of books, articles and electronic sites is provided via the course Web CT site for all students enrolled in POGO 8072


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2916 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A

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