• 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
    • AsPr Sverre Molland
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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In this course we will examine several key concepts pertaining to the anthropology of development. We will carefully scrutinise how anthropologists tackle a range of analytical tools and "buzzwords" that are ubiquitous in development and, and explore how they are related to understandings of social organization, society and culture, relationships, networks and institutions in the social sciences. This course is designed taking into account (a) students' own participation and contribution to curriculum design, (b) diverse students' interests straddling academic and applied, policy-orientated analysis and, (c) students freedom (and responsibility) to develop an independent research project that can either take the form of an academic research paper or a policy position paper. The course is structured in three main parts. Part I (week 1-4) serves as a primer for key theoretical debates within the discipline. This equips students with the necessary tools to to critically analyse key concepts in development . Part II ( week 5 onwards) covers several key concepts in the anthropology of development. Students are given the opportunity to vote for which topics to cover in class. This presents students with an opportunity to take ownership of the curriculum and select key concepts students deem central to grasp contemporary and emerging development aid processes. Part III endows students the opportunity to develop an independent research project in relation to one key concept. Two scaffolding workshops are provided throughout the semester in order to assist students with developing their research project.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. explain the social science background to a number of key development concepts;
  2. critically evaluate the use of particular concepts in development projects, policy, and practice;
  3. write a critical case study of the role of a key development concept, exemplifying ability to use primary sources; and
  4. evaluate the differences between social science and specifically development-related perspectives on the concepts and practice.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Student-selected reading rationale statement (10) [LO 1,2]
  2. Reflective essay (20) [LO 1,2]
  3. Workshop A: identifying a topic and annotated bibliography. (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Workshop B: moving from topic to research question (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Research paper/policy response paper (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up of:

(a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 36 hours of lectorials in blended mode.

(b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Gardner, Katy and Lewis, David. 2015. Anthropology and Development: Challenges for the Twenty-First Century (London: Pluto Press) (Also available as ebook through the ANU library).

Assumed Knowledge

Basic acquaintance with the field of development studies via university learning or experience.


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6.00 0.12500
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2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $5700
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5007 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person View
5523 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 Online View
7641 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 Online or In Person N/A

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