|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
|Fees||Subject 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.
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).
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
- 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 coordinator Louise Olliff Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 24 contact hours: A 2 hour seminar per week for 12 weeks. Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019 Last self-enrol date 15 March 2019 Census date 31 March 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 10 May 2019 Assessment period ends 28 June 2019
Semester 1 contact information
- Semester 2
Principal coordinator Nadeem Malik Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 24 contact hours: A 1-hour lecture and a 1-hour seminar per week for 12 weeks. Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019 Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019 Census date 31 August 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 27 September 2019 Assessment period ends 22 November 2019
Semester 2 contact information
Time commitment details
Readings will be provided online through the subject's LMS site prior to the commencement of semester.
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Major Energy Studies Major Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation Major Tailored Specialisation Major Tailored Specialisation Specialisation (formal) Development Studies Informal specialisation 150 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender & Development) Major Development Major Energy Efficiency Modelling and Implementation Major Energy Studies Informal specialisation PD-ARTS Development Studies Major Tailored Specialisation Informal specialisation 100 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender & Development) Informal specialisation 200 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender & Development) Major Development
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.
Additional information for this subject
Subject coordinator approval required
- Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.