• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Development Studies
  • Minor code DEST-MIN

Development Studies refers to a broad range of courses that address the planning, implementation and consequences of social, political and economic change among peoples of the Third and Fourth Worlds.

Development as an aspect of state policy, and specifically as an integral part of relations between states of the wealthy 'West' or 'North' (First World) and states of the 'South' (Third World), gained prominence after the Second World War with the establishment of the IMF/World Bank and other development banks and aid agencies, such as USAID and the Australian Development Assistance Bureau. Since then agencies and government officials, practitioners and intellectuals have debated the rights and wrongs of development and the merits of particular approaches to development. These have crystallised in various 'theories' or approaches to development, such as the modernisation theories, world system theories, or the more recent emphasis on empowerment, popular participation and sustainable development.

Development Studies examines the impact of globalisation on states and peoples of the South, and reviews notions of economic viability, democracy, governance, human rights or environmental sustainability as they apply to such culturally divergent entities. In the last two decades there has been an explosion in the numbers of non-government organisations (NGOs) or voluntary organisations (VOs) also concentrating on development.

Learning Outcomes

  1. understand the different perspectives and theories of development and change in the modern era;
  2. apply these perspectives and theories to the practical issues of delivering development programs;
  3. analyse the competing interests, motivations and discourse of key stakeholders and interest groups; and
  4. devise and conduct research and write critically about these issues
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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

12 units from the completion of the following courses:

SOCY1002 - Self and Society (6 units)

SOCY1004 - Economy and Society (6 units)

ANTH1002 - Culture and Human Diversity: Introducing Anthropology (6 units)

ANTH1003 - Global Citizen: Culture, Development and Inequality (6 units)

POLS1005 - Introduction to International Relations: Foundations and Concepts (6 units)

POLS1006 - Introduction to International Relations: Contemporary Global Issues (6 units)

12 units from the completion of the following courses:

ANTH2009 - Culture and Development (6 units)

ANTH2017 - Culture, Social Justice and Aboriginal Society Today (6 units)

ANTH2026 - Medicine, Healing and the Body (6 units)

ANTH2129 - Crossing Borders: Migration, Identity and Livelihood (6 units)

ANTH2134 - States and Citizens: Anthropological Perspectives (6 units)

ASIA2067 - Economies of Emerging Asia (6 units)

ASIA2516 - Indonesia: Politics, Society and Development (6 units)

ECHI2006 - The World Economy Since 1800 (P) (6 units)

ECON2900 - Development Poverty and Famine (6 units)

ENVS2005 - Island Sustainable Development: Fiji Field School (12 units)

ENVS2023 - Sustainable Agricultural Systems (6 units)

ENVS2025 - Indigenous Cultural and Natural Resource Management (6 units)

ENVS3007 - Participatory Resource Management: Working with Communities and Stakeholders (6 units)

ENVS3033 - International Environmental Policy (6 units)

INDG3001 - First Nations Peoples, the State and Public Policy in Australia (6 units)

INTR2047 - Human Security: Conflict, Displacement and Peace Building (6 units)

MEAS2105 - The Political Economy of the Middle East (6 units)

PASI3001 - Politics and Development in the Contemporary Pacific (6 units)

PASI3005 - Pacific Islands Field School (6 units)

PASI3013 - Environment and Development in the Pacific (6 units)

POLS2011 - Development and Change (6 units)

POLS2055 - Pacific Politics (6 units)

POLS2094 - Issues in International Political Economy (6 units)

POLS2095 - Politics in Latin America (6 units)

POLS2101 - Refugee Politics: Displacement and Exclusion in the 20th and 21st Centuries (6 units)

POLS2113 - Human Rights (6 units)

POLS3070 - Politics in Central Asia (6 units)

SOCY2022 - Environmental Sociology (6 units)

SOCY2030 - Social Inequalities and Development (6 units)

SOCY2162 - Sociology of Health and Illness (6 units)

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