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Development in the 21st Century (DEVT20001)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeDEVT20001
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject introduces students to the evolution of multiple paradigms of development, considers the strategies used to pursue development in practice, and identifies the key trends and issues of development in the 21 st century. We examine the theories promulgated about the developing world - of modernization and 'catch-up', of structuralism and dependency, of human development, alternative and post-development. Students will be encouraged to understand the diverse trajectories of development by close analysis of specific case studies across the world. We will explore the development path of countries in East and South-East Asia, the BRICs and other developing countries. We also review key issues of relevance to the developing world such as poverty and inequality, health, globalization, industrialization, religion and conflict.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with key terms and concepts used in the theories and approaches to development;
  • Analyse the developmental pathways undertaken by diverse countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa;
  • Critically understand contemporary issues and trends in the developing world.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects

Students who have completed DEVT20001 Anthropology of Policy in Development are not permitted to enrol in this subject.

Recommended background knowledge

knowlege gained in one of the following is recommended by not esential:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
DEVT10001 The Developing World
Semester 1
GEOG10001 Famine: The Geography of Scarcity
Semester 1
ANTH10001 Anthropology: Studying Self and Other
Semester 1

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • A 2,000 word online assignment (50%) due during the semester.
  • A 2,000 word essay (50%) due in the examination period.
  • Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject. Regular participation in tutorials is required.
  • Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10 marks per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorJeff Garmany
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursThirty contact hours per semester. 1 x two hour lecture and 1 x one hour tutorial per week for 10 weeks. The lecture and tutorial programs are staggered and cover the 12 weeks of semester.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

Total of 170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 11 October 2019