Course Title: International Development: Themes, Debates and Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: International Development: Themes, Debates and Practice

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HUSO2036

City Campus

Undergraduate

330H Social Science & Planning

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006

HUSO2036

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

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

Course Coordinator: Vandra Harris

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 2960

Course Coordinator Email: vandra.harris@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment