- Code POLS2011
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Political Science
- Areas of interest Political Sciences
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr John Minns
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2020
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This course is about development and change in the contemporary world. It examines the main theoretical approaches to development and how they affect development practice. Against this background the course takes up some key themes connected to the current “development agenda”, including the role of social policies, foreign aid, gender, environmental sustainability, and development-induced displacement.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand the different perspectives and theories of development and change in the modern era;
- analyse the competing interests, motivations and rhetoric of key stakeholders and interest groups;
- apply development theory and perspectives to contemporary issues;
- conduct research and think critically and to develop academic writing styles to suit different purposes; and
- understand the issues and processes described and to relate them to current affairs and present-day issues of significance.
- Early term essay/policy brief plan(*) approx 500 words (10) [LO 3,4,5]
- Mid-term essay/policy brief (*) 2000-2500 words (40) [LO 3,4,5]
- Take home final exam approx. 2000 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Participation in at least 7 tutorials (10) [LO 1,3,4,5]
- (*) Students can choose between writing an essay or a policy brief. (null) [LO null]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Hopper, Understanding Development
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