Course Title: Global Development, Themes, Debates and Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Global Development, Themes, Debates and Practice

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

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,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Vandra Harris

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2960

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

Course Coordinator Location: 37.05.25

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


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, 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:   

  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on knowledge about a rapidly changing world derived from multiple sources, perspectives and values systems with an emphasis on international development and humanitarian challenges. 
  • 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. 


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 10% CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4

Assessment Task 2: Learning journal 25%. CLO1, CLO2. 1,400-1,600 words.

Assessment Task 3: Persuasive research task 50%. CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4. 2,000 words or equivalent 

Assessment task 4: Peer review 15%. CLO2, CLO4. Approx 400 words. 

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.