DEVT 1001 - Introduction to International Development

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

This course provides an in-depth introduction to the multi-disciplinary field of development studies. It introduces students to key debates in development theory, to the history of development policy and practice, and to the range of multilateral, bilateral and NGO organizations that are currently engaged in the development enterprise. Through a series of empirically-rich case-studies, drawn from across the developing and newly-industrialized worlds, the course also looks at the main sectors in which development organizations engage, including: governance and security, health, education, environmental and natural resource management, and legal reform. Throughout, particular attention is paid to the effects of development policy and practice upon the lives of ordinary people, and especially upon the lives of the more than 1 billion people who currently live `below the poverty line. In all of these ways, the course encourages students to think critically about what development is, about how it is carried out and, most importantly of all, about what it can achieve.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DEVT 1001
    Course Introduction to International Development
    Coordinating Unit Anthropology and Development Studies
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Research essay 50%, Short essay 35%, Tutorial participation 15%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Richard Vokes

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 Develop knowledge of, and developed insights into, key issues and concerns of development policy, practice and theory 
    2 Demonstrate ability to understand the history and application of key theoretical approaches to international development
    3 Demonstrate ability to critically evaluate central themes, propositions and concepts in development studies
    4 Develop the skills to work collaboratively in teams as well as individually in a learning and research environment
    5 Demonstrate an interest in and commitment to continuous learning and social scientific research
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 3
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Readings and resouces necessary for the course will be available on MyUni and/or in a book of readings available from the Image and Copy Centre
    Online Learning
    Materials and resources for the course will be available on MyUni, including lecture recordings
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures supported by problem-solving tutorials which develop the material covered in lectures.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    2 x 1-hour lectures (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester
    1 x 1-hour tutorial (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester
    6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester
    2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester
    2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1 What is development?
    Week 2 Post-Colonial states and 'the development encounter'
    Week 3 The problem of land
    Week 4 Participation, PRA and 'grassroots movements'
    Week 5 The Neo-Liberal turn
    Week 6 Globalisation, trade and debt
    Week 7 Working in development
    Week 8 The state and governance
    Week 9 Security, conflict and disaster
    Week 10 Environment and population
    Week 11 Media and development
    Week 12 The future?
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Tutorial participation Formative and Summative 10% 1-5
    1500 word essay Formative and Summative 40% 2-5
    2000 word essay Formative and Summative 50% 2-5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance at and participation in tutorials on a weekly basis is a primary requirement of this course. Each student is required to attend a minimum number of 6 tutorials to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Tutorial Participation: Students are expected to come prepared to participate at weekly tutorials and complete the minimum of the one or two essential readings for the week. Students are also required to participate in the weekly activities or debates organised for the week - 10% weighting.

    Book reviews: students will submit two book reviews during the course - 15% weighting per review for a total 30% weighting.

    1500 word essay: students submit an essay on question chosen from a list - 60% weighting.
    All assignments must be submitted electronically via MyUni.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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