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Development Theories (DEVT90009)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeDEVT90009
Semester 1
Semester 2
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This subject forms an introduction to the main theories of development and considers key issues in development such as globalisation, development aid, and development in the new post-Cold War context. This subject seeks to foster skills in critical thinking, communication and group work. Students should become adept at synthesising complex theories and ideas and be able to engage in and critically assess a range of contemporary debates in development.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Understand and appreciate the main theories of development;
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the strengths, weaknesses, and embedded assumptions of these theories;
  • Understand key issues in development studies and development policy;
  • Have an awareness of alternative theoretical perspectives and various possibilities for theoretical analysis;
  • Communicate knowledge effectively.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to think critically (for example, about development and its measures);
  • obtain information to evaluate propositions (about development);
  • write coherent and researched essays;
  • work in teams (to identify answers to practical problems).

Last updated: 2 August 2019