• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies
  • Specialisation code GLDV-SPEC
Global Development Policy Specialisation

This specialisation provides insights into key theories, policies and approaches to development policy both within nations and at the global level. It will provide students with the skills and knowledge to engage in the major development debates, and appreciate the historical, cultural, political and economic contexts that shape global development policy. In this specialisation, students will examine the roles and approaches of key development actors, both state and non-state, and the ways in which they shape both national and global policy. Core courses provide students with solid understanding of theories and debates in development, and introduces advanced policy analysis skills for analysing policies.
Options within this specialisation cover a range of topics such as the Sustainable Development Goals, poverty reduction, social policy, political institutions, gender, and human security.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate deep knowledge and understanding of key debates and thinking in the field of development policy.

  2. Reflect critically on and engage in key theoretical debates in the field of development policy.

  3. Engage influentially in debates and analysis of public policy issues and practical challenges across cultural, developmental and institutional contexts.

  4. Analyse, synthesise and communicate complex, political and institutional development challenges from multiple perspectives.

  5. Develop innovative development policy recommendations to complex problems in changing policy environments.

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This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

POGO8004 Poverty Reduction

POGO8072 Development Theories and Themes


12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANTH8038 Gender & Development: Critical Issues in Policy and Practice

ANTH8107 Global governance and the role of Multilateral Development Banks

CHMD8006 Global Health and Development

DEMO8048 Gender and Population

DIPL8010 Harnessing Diplomacy for International Development

INTR8073 Human Security

POGO8044 Global Social Policy

POGO8076 Corruption and Anti-corruption

This specialisation is available only to students undertaking the Master of Public Policy

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