1. Handbook
  2. Subjects
  3. Local-Global Nexus: Kinship & Community

Local-Global Nexus: Kinship & Community (DEVT90046)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

You’re viewing the 2019 Handbook:
Or view archived Handbooks


Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeDEVT90046
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject examines approaches to working with local communities and the intersections between local and global systems and relations. Understanding the global through the prism of the familiar, local and communal we examine critical ‘values’ and mores of societies, the changing nature of identities and relations and how this relates to development theories and approaches. As the primary nexus of social, political and economic reproduction, the place of individuals and communities is a particularly important context from which to explore broader social, economic and political development systems and processes. We examine the changing nature of relations, the global demographic crises in relation relating to aging, marriage, fertility and implications of the policies and strategies of States and major development agencies. Also, the relationship between global, transnational and local networks and responses to pressures faced by individuals, families and communities is examined through case studies. The assessment approach for the subject reflects the objective to provide both theoretical and practical skills in working with the 'local' in development.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • Be familiar with the main theories and approaches to family and community development;
  • Understand and critically assess the policies and approaches to family and reproduction programs by development agencies and non-government organisations;
  • Be able to appreciate how development studies and practice engages with different cultures, values and identities;
  • Develop an understanding of social, political, economic and cultural contexts of development practice;
  • Gain an awareness of what is involved in designing and managing projects relating to family and community.

Generic skills

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • Develop research and analytic skills necessary to the study of family and community
  • Refinement of skills in written and oral communication of research findings for both scholarly and professional audience
  • Gain skills in independent and team-based research project undertakings
  • Engage with development professionals and contribute knowledge gained in class to their existing projects and programs relating to family and/ or community

Last updated: 2 August 2019