• 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 2022
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This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning. Remote (online) and in-person students participate in separate classes.

In 2015 over 150 world leaders agreed to the Sustainable Development Goals, as the global agenda to promote shared prosperity and well-being for all over the following 15 years. The SDGs quickly became synonymous with development, and now shape domestic and international development policies.. What theories, ideas and assumptions underpin the SDGs? Are they a departure from international efforts that came before? Do the 17 SDGs represent a genuine consensus on development, or do they mask ongoing deep divides?

The SDGs represent agreement on a global agenda to ‘promote prosperity while protecting the planet.’ Yet as poverty and inequality continue to plague the lives of much of the world's population, development often seems elusive. Despite the representation of the SDGs as a global consensus, the very concept of development remains contested.

This course critically examines some of the major themes that have shaped – and continue to shape – global development efforts. It places several of the themes represented in the SDGs under the spotlight, exploring their origins, the often contested ideas and theories that underpin them, and the ongoing debates. The course does not assume there is a single or a correct approach towards development. Rather, using the SDGs as a prism, it 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:

  1. Demonstrate a deep understanding of different, often competing, conceptualisations of ‘development’
  2. Have a sound knowledge of several major theories of international development
  3. Critically analyse the strengths and shortcomings of major theories
  4. Demonstrate a strong understanding of several themes that dominate the contemporary international development agenda
  5. Critically analyse the strengths and shortcomings of dominant themes

Indicative Assessment

  1. Test (40) [LO 1]
  2. Essay (50) [LO 2,3]
  3. Seminar Attendance and Contribution (10) [LO 1,2,3]

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Workload

A standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including in class time and independent study. See timetable for details.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

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

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

Fees

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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
14
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4200
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
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
On Campus
2349 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person N/A
Online
4147 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 Online N/A

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