Course Title: Microfinance and Development

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Microfinance and Development

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HUSO2067

City Campus

Postgraduate

330H Social Science & Planning

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006

HUSO2067

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban & Social Studies

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008

HUSO2067

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban & Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2011

Course Coordinator: Rena ichii

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 0416

Course Coordinator Email:reina.ichii@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.4.4C

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None 


Course Description

In recent years microfinance – the provision of small-scale financial services to lower-income households in developing countries – has become a major development strategy, attracting substantial donor support. This course introduces microfinance principles and practices and examines key contemporary issues and debates. Topics covered include microfinance models and methodologies, targeting and outreach, impacts on poverty and the ‘empowerment’ of women, and the microenterprise sector in developing countries. Also examined is the controversial possibility of a trade-off between ensuring that microfinance programs are financially sustainable while maintaining a focus on the poorest clients.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the conclusion of this course it is envisaged that students will have:

1. Developed an understanding of key issues and debates in microfinance;

2. Developed an understanding of the utility of microfinance – and its limitations – in
addressing poverty;

3. Developed an understanding of the impacts of microfinance on women’s well-being;

4. Developed skills in relating the theoretical perspectives and debates about microfinance to practice and policy situations;

5. Developed an understanding of the different delivery mechanism of microfinance, the principles they work from and their relative strengths and weaknesses; and,

6. Developed skills in the preparation of critical oral and written argument appropriate for studies at postgraduate level.


At the conclusion of this course it is envisaged that students will have:

1. Developed an understanding of key issues and debates in microfinance;

2. Developed an understanding of the utility of microfinance – and its limitations – in
addressing poverty;

3. Developed an understanding of the impacts of microfinance on women’s well-being;

4. Developed skills in relating the theoretical perspectives and debates about microfinance to practice and policy situations;

5. Developed an understanding of the different delivery mechanism of microfinance, the principles they work from and their relative strengths and weaknesses; and,

6. Developed skills in the preparation of critical oral and written argument appropriate for studies at postgraduate level.


Overview of Learning Activities

Weekly Classes

Weekly Readings


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access all readings on DLS (Online Learning Hub)


Overview of Assessment

You will be able to prepare two assessment tasks with a total word length or equivalent of 5,000 words