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History and Politics of the Theories of Development G (8767.4)

Level: Graduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications

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Syllabus

This unit aims to help students develop a critical understanding of the discourse of development, through an exploration of its history. We will investigate various theories of development in their historical, social, and political context, as well as the genealogy of key concepts (such as development, progress, poverty, standard of living, human needs, and so forth). The focus will be on uncovering the assumptions and arguments that underpin various approaches to development, with the ultimate aim of helping students to become more reflexive about their own assumptions and professional practice.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the history of development theories;

2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of key theoretical approaches to development;

3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of how key concepts of development discourse have changed over time, and how those concepts relate to their historical, social and political context;

4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the diversity of understandings of development in different contexts; and

5. Demonstrate the skills required to articulate and present critique appropriate for studies at post-graduate level.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

3 hours a week.

Prerequisites

None

Corequisites

None

Assumed Knowledge

None

Incompatible Units

None

Equivalent Units

None


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