DEVT 2100 - Poverty in the 21st Century

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023

Among the biggest challenges facing the global community today is the eradication of poverty and inequality. This course introduces students to the broad concept of poverty, the causes of poverty and its insidious effects. Intersections between poverty and health, education, urbanisation, trade, welfare, and human rights will be explored in a variety of international contexts, both developed and developing. Policies and global instruments designed to both reduce and measure poverty will be explored at the global, national and community level. Case studies of poverty assessments and poverty reduction projects are a major feature of course content. Consequently, the course aims to promote an understanding of the practical steps that can be taken to promote poverty reduction and socially sensitive development planning.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DEVT 2100
    Course Poverty in the 21st Century
    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
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
    Assessment Group presentation, Documentary film review, Essay
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Andrew Skuse

    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 Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of development studies at advanced levels
    2 Provide a critical examination of definitions and theories of poverty, poverty reduction, and social development
    3 Demonstrate the ability to frame research questions and develop effective ways of pursuing them
    4 Develop and apply critical thinking skills
    5 Demonstrate skills in communication and collaborative enquiry
    6 Foster an awareness of ethical, social, and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    2, 3, 4

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    4, 5, 6

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
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    Recommended Resources
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    Online Learning
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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    1 hour lecture + 2 hour seminar

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

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
    1 x 2-hour workshop (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester
    1 x 1 hour lecture 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: Course overview, structure, expectation and assessment
    Week 2: What is Social Development for Poverty Reduction?
    Week 3: Defining Poverty - from absolute to relative to multidimensionality
    Week 4: Assessing Poverty - indices, tools and techniques
    Week 5: Livelihoods - rural and urban perspectives
    Week 6: Research/Reading Activity
    Week 7: Planning for Poverty Reduction: The World Bank, IMF and National Poverty Reduction Plans
    Week 8: Education, Human Development and Poverty
    Week 9: Health and Development
    Week 10: Social Welfare, Social Protection and Safety Nets
    Week 11: Poverty, Work and Trade
    Week 12: Research/Reading Activity
  • 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
    Seminar Presentation - 20% of final mark

    Practical - 35% of final mark

    Essay - 45% of final mark

    Assessment Detail
    Seminar Presentation - 20% of final mark
    All students will be required to participate in a short group presentation during the semester. Assessment will be based on how well the overall discussion is designed, presented and conducted by all group members. A final mark applied to the group as a whole will be based on the following criteria: (i) content of argument demonstrates understanding of relevant concepts presented in readings and lectures (ii) coherency and quality of presentation of material (iii) use of appropriate media examples (iv) stimulating participation through activities or questions. Presentations should ideally last no longer than 20 minutes.

    Practical - 35% of final mark
    Documentary film review. Detailed guidance, including information on how to undertake a film review will be provided via MyUni.
    Word Length: 1500 words

    Essay - 45% of final mark
    All students will submit an essay at the end of the semester on questions provided via MyUni.
    Word Length: 2000
    All assignments must be submitted electronically via MyUni, unless otherwise instructed.
    The Faculty policies about late assignments and extensions for assignments will apply.
    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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