• 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
    • Dr Patrick Kilby
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2018
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This course deals with the practicalities of working in development.

It will critically examine the key institutional actors that implement development projects: NGOs, bilateral, and multilateral donors.

Within this broader institutional environment the course will critically examine the institutional processes and priorities, the role of advocacy, the ethics of development practice, how development workers operate in the field, and how development projects are conceived and managed.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Understand the range of organisations involved in development work and the issues they face in delivering strong development outcomes;
  2. Critically appraise such organisations in terms of their effectiveness and identify which development institution is most relevant in a particular context; and
  3. Appraise a development project or policy in terms of the likely political and institutional constraints.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial participation (10%) eight weeks; [learning outcomes 1, 2, 3]
Critical review, 2000 words (25%) [learning outcomes 1, 2]
Project Critique, 3000 words  (45%) [learning outcome 3]
2 Online Forums (20% each)  [learning outcomes 1, 2]


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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 24 hours of tutorials over 12 weeks; and
b) 106 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.



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

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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 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4860
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6802 18 Jun 2018 18 Jun 2018 06 Jul 2018 17 Aug 2018 In Person N/A
6803 18 Jun 2018 18 Jun 2018 06 Jul 2018 17 Aug 2018 Online N/A

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