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Development Theories (DEVT90009)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeDEVT90009
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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).

Eligibility and requirements


Admission to the Master of Development Studies or the Master of Development Studies (Gender and Development).



Non-allowed subjects

DEVT90009 Understanding Development

Recommended background knowledge

Students who enrol in this subject must be enrolled in a Masters by coursework degree.

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 2000 word essay (40%) due mid- semester.
  • A 3000 word major essay (60%) due during the examination period.
  • Hurdle requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of classes in order to pass this subject and regular class participation is expected.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorLouise Olliff
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours24 contact hours: A 2 hour seminar per week for 12 weeks.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorNadeem Malik
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours24 contact hours: A 1-hour lecture and a 1-hour seminar per week for 12 weeks.
    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

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 2 August 2019