• Class Number 7327
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Ben Goldsmith
    • Dr Nicholas Frank
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
SELT Survey Results

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand the different perspectives and theories of development and change in the modern era;
  2. analyse the competing interests, motivations and rhetoric of key stakeholders and interest groups;
  3. apply development theory and perspectives to contemporary issues;
  4. conduct research and think critically and to develop academic writing styles to suit different purposes; and
  5. understand the issues and processes described and to relate them to current affairs and present-day issues of significance.

Required Resources

There is no single textbook for this course.

Refer to Wattle

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Individual comments for the essay/podcast/video
  • General oral feedback on the essays/podcasts/videos given during lecture.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Other Information

Suggested Sources for Research

We encourage students to pursue their individual research interests and actively search for specific scholarship relevant to their topics of concern. Remember that what you gain from any course is also related to your inputs, so if you find a theme that really calls your attention, do not let it go! Be curious! Here are some sources that are very useful for this subject:


Academic journals (Access via E-library)

Development and Change, Third World Quarterly, World Development, The Journal of Development Studies, Comparative Studies in Society and History, International Studies Quarterly, Latin American Politics and Society, Economic Development and Cultural Change, IDS Bulletin, Theory and Society, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Peasant Studies, International Labour Review, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, Journal of International Development, New Internationalist, European Journal of Development Research, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Review of International Political Economy, among others.


Development is the focus of a number of international organisations which publish a considerable volume of research reports and policy papers available online. Examples include: UNDP, UNRISD, World Bank, all regional development banks, ILO, FAO, IOM.

National development agencies, NGOs and think tanks also publish valuable research and policy documents. If you are interested in a non-English speaking country and can read its official language, it is strongly recommended that you search for materials prepared by national governments and NGOs to compare views. You can also consider monitoring a news website (e.g. BBC, The Guardian), and blogs on development news. Many websites now maintain an RSS Feed. Once you subscribe for free, you will automatically receive updated information.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Refer to Wattle

Tutorial Registration

Details on Wattle

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Outline of essay/podcast/video 10 % 1, 2, 3,5
Tutorial Participation 10 % 1,2,3,5
Multiple options for assessment 80 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3,5

Outline of essay/podcast/video

Outline of your first major piece of assessment (essay/podcast/video): approx 500 words. Learning outcomes 1,2,3,5

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5

Tutorial Participation

This will be assessed continuously by your tutor throughout the semester. You are expected to attend 7 out of 11 tutorials over the course of the semester and to arrive prepared and ready to participate.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 80 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Multiple options for assessment

• a research essay of about 4,000 words (80%) of the total assessment for the course. Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5;


• a first essay of about 2,000 words (40%) and a second essay of about 2,000 words (40%). Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5;


• a video presentation or a podcast of about 10-12 minutes (40%) and a 2,000 word essay (40%). Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5;


• a first essay of about 2,000 words (40%) and a take-home exam (40%). Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5;


• a video presentation or a podcast of about 10-12 minutes (40%) and a take-home exam (40%). Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5;

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

There is no late submission for take-home examinations, that is, failure to submit on the due date will lead to a mark of 0 and, consequently, inability to complete the course.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be returned via Turnitin.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Ben Goldsmith

Research Interests

Political economy of international trade, investment, development and planetary health. Interested in computational social science methods including network science tools (particularly stochastic actor-orientated models and exponential random graph models) and text-as-data approaches.

Dr Ben Goldsmith

By Appointment
Dr Nicholas Frank

Research Interests

Dr Nicholas Frank


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