Course Title: Global Development, Themes, Debates and Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Global Development, Themes, Debates and Practice

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


330H Social Science & Planning


Sem 1 2006


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Julian CH Lee

Course Coordinator Phone: 99253440

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.05.16

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will critically examine themes, debates and practices in international development. In particular you will investigate: post-war history of development; trends in global poverty, income distribution and human development; the key players in the development industry; aid flows and the political economy of aid; the Third World debt problem; the origins, implementation and impact of structural adjustment programs since the 1980s; globalization; gender and development; and environmental issues in developing countries.

The course also covers the practical design and implementation of development and relief projects at the community level.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • critically analyse key concepts and debates relating to international development;
  • relate theoretical perspectives and concepts to case studies of international development practice;
  • contrast and compare how theoretical perspectives and concepts are applied in the practice of development;
  • use electronic and other information sources to conduct qualitative and basic quantitative research on international development issues

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access to a wide range of online learning tools and content for your course from the student portal, myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources.
Assigned online readings can be accessed via the RMIT Library electronic journals.
A textbook may be recommended and will be available via the RMIT Bookshop.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.
Assessment may include short and long essays, and tutorial activities.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: