The Company and the Country: A story of development, disaster and disenfranchisement PG (11715.1)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| Online
|| Bruce, Canberra
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Arts And Design|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|School Of Arts And Communications||Post Graduate Level|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
This unit charts the role of corporations in the development of nation-states from the time of the Atlantic slave trade to the present day. It equips students with the knowledge and skills required to interrogate the way in which companies have come to shape notions of modernity in development contexts, assess the impact of the rise of corporations on communities, and challenge a raft of prevalent assumptions around the role of private capital in the pursuit of development strategies and goals.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Assess the legal, economic, and political impact of the company in developmental contexts, especially with under-privileged communities;
2. Determine how companies have moulded the way modernity and development are understood in the present;
3. Develop an understanding of the place of companies within contemporary development theories; and
4. Question the role of companies and the private sector in the development of nations and communities, particularly in the Global South.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
From slavery to banking, from the Virginia Company of the 1600s to sovereign wealth funds of the 21st century, for nearly half a millennium the fates of countries have been intertwined with the fortunes of companies. At various times and places, companies have aided, hindered, bankrolled, or crippled the people on whose lands they operate. The company, perhaps more than any other institution, has shaped the world as we know it today. This unit charts the role of corporations in the development of nation-states from the time of the Atlantic slave trade to the present day. It equips students with the knowledge and skills required to interrogate the way in which companies have come to shape notions of modernity in development contexts, assess the impact of the rise of corporations on communities, and challenge a raft of prevalent assumptions around the role of private capital in the pursuit of development strategies and goals.
Assumed knowledgeFamiliarity with basic concepts in International Development.
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||31 July 2023||Online||Mrs Senada Meskin|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||29 July 2024||Online||Mrs Senada Meskin|
The readings in this unit are available on Canvas under the Modules tab.
This unit will run in intensive mode from Weeks 1 - 5. Attendance in the seminars is compulsory, and there will be in-class assessment tasks at each workshop.
From Week 6 onwards, students will be guided in their learning via 1 to 1 consultation sessions with the unit convenor as they prepare their major assignment for this unit. You can book a session through the Canvas Announcement tab after week 5.
Required IT skills
This unit involves online meetings in real time using the Virtual Room in your UCLearn teaching site. The Virtual Room allows you to communicate in real time with your lecturer and other students. To participate verbally, rather than just typing, you will need a microphone. For best audio quality we recommend a microphone and speaker headset. For more information and to test your computer, go to the Virtual Room in your UCLearn site and 'Join Course Room'. This will trigger a tutorial to help familiarise you with the functionality of the virtual room.
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