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,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Vandra Harris Agisilaou

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2960

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.05.25

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, building a complex understanding of diverse global realities. In particular you will investigate key development concepts and approaches through a close examination of contemporary themes such as peace, security, localisation, migration, poverty and the SDGs. 

You will explore different perspectives on these issues, including global governance; policy and funding; design, implementation and evaluation of projects; and community goals and capacities. 

From community practices to the global context, this course takes a practical approach that encourages you to think about your role in these processes and ways to bring about positive change.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes  

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:   


  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge of international development, gender and development, global cultures, language and economic issues to your professional practice or further study. 
  • Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to effectively solve a range of problems associated with policies and programs in international and cross-cultural settings, and assess economic, cultural, social, environmental and political opportunities and risks. 
  • Communicate effectively in international and cross-cultural contexts, and facilitate collaborative partnerships within diverse communities of practice, using appropriate formats, media and styles. 
  • Assist in the identification of needs, the design, planning, resourcing and implementation of research and development projects in international and cross-cultural settings. 
  • Reflect on the experience of personal and professional practice in international and cross- cultural settings and to act in professional settings responsibly, ethically and with integrity. 


Course Learning Outcomes  

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:  

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the themes, debates and practices relating to international development.
  2. Critically reflect on, evaluate and explain key concepts and scholarly debates concerning development
  3. Apply theoretical approaches to ‘real world’ development scenarios 
  4. Clearly and effectively present relevant research in a variety of formats 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities in a variety of settings including lectures, group problem-solving exercises and discussions, and self-directed study. A structured tutorial program is provided to give you the opportunity to explore course ideas in greater depth through active participation in small group discussions and collaborative activities. 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

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 Tasks
Assessment Task 1: Active engagement 15% 
Course Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4.

Assessment Task 2: Short essay 30% (1500 words)
Course Learning Outcomes 1, 2.

Assessment Task 3: Persuasive research task 40% (2000 words or equivalent)
Course Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4.

Assessment task 4: Collaborative Peer review 15% (500 words) 
Course Learning Outcomes 2, 4.

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.