Micro-credit and Risk Management in Development PG (8768.4)
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|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)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of micro-credit and the relationship between micro-finance and international development in the current context;
2. Understand the role of micro-credit in alleviating poverty and the impact of micro-finance and micro-enterprise on household and community well-being;
3. Understand the decision rules of a rural finance system (adopted by Grameen Bank);
4. Understand major approaches of finance delivery mechanisms, and identify ways to ensure the sustainability of microfinance institutions;
5. Identify the risks associated with micro-finance activities and design strategies that help in mitigating risk and coping with loss; and
6. Demonstrate the skills required to articulate and present critique appropriate for studies at post-graduate level.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - evaluate and adopt new technology
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
The unit is designed to assist in the development of generic skills and attributes of the University of Canberra graduates especially in relation to communication, analysis and inquiry, problem solving, and working independently and with others. For further details check the following web page:
Assumed knowledgeFamiliarity with basic concepts in International Development.
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Lists of recommended texts/Readings
The following books are highly recommended
Islam, T. (2007) Microcredit and Poverty Alleviation. Ashgate Publishing limited, Hampshire, England. Burlington, USA.
Goldberg, M. and Palladini, E. (2010) Managing Risk and Creating Value with Microfinance The World Bank Washinton .D.C.
El-Gack, N. (2013) Microfinance and Rural Development Projects in Sudan: with Attention to Community Participation, Edwin Mellen Press, Lampeter, Ceredigion, Wales
Community Development Journal
Development and Change
Development in Practice
Development Policy Review
Journal of Agricultural Economics
Journal of Economic Literature
Journal of Political Economy
Third World Quarterly
Submission of assessment items
Special assessment requirements
Refer to the UC Supplementary Assessment Policy
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Inclusion and engagement
Students who attend campus for class or other purposes must play their part in keeping our campus and community safe by following these basic guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission:
- Practise good hand hygiene, washing hands regularly;
- If you do happen to cough or sneeze, please do so into the crook of your elbow, dispose of tissues immediately and wash hands immediately
- Practise effective physical distancing;
- Follow all directions of teaching and other UC staff regarding safety measures;
- Stay off campus if you are unwell and get tested according to ACT Government guidelines, and
- Follow University communications about campus arrangements https://www.canberra.edu.au/coronavirus-advice
Required IT skills
Students are expected to:
- be competent in using Canvas
- have a basic level of word processing competency and be able to present their essay in electronic and paper format
- have basic knowledge of presentation aiding software i.e. microsoft power point, keynote etc.
- be proficient at using the internet and using library electronic databases
Work placement, internships or practicums
Not Applicable for this Unit