DEVT 2101 - Community, Gender and Critical Development
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code DEVT 2101 Course Community, Gender and Critical Development Coordinating Unit Anthropology and Development Studies Term Semester 2 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 Incompatible DEVT 2001 or DEVT 3001 & ANTH 2021 or ANTH 3021 Course Description This course critically explores some of the ways in which community and gender influence and are transformed by contemporary development policies, processes and programs. Students will evaluate key concepts and frameworks in terms of the anthropology of development and critique international development and planned culture change from modernist, gender-based and poststructuralist perspectives.
The course takes an actor-oriented perspective, grounding applied practices in macro-economic, historical and socio-political contexts of local people's development experiences. It privileges the ways in which development beneficiaries perceive, understand and feel about the imposition of development and culture change and to what extent they can gain knowledge and/or power over this process through the analysis of several community-based case studies. The course also looks at some of the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are needed to seek practical solutions in these settings, exploring various participatory field methods concerned with generating shared information, ensuring community empowerment and participation and in eliciting community/ local views.
Course Coordinator: Dr Alison Dundon
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Secure and accurate understanding of the nature and theories of development at the community and/or grassroots level as well as the main critiques of development from a gender-based perspective.
2. Knowledge of and insight into key issues and concerns raised about the nature of development and development studies from a critical perspective.
3. Ability to understand and apply key theoretical approaches to contemporary development contexts and situations.
4. Capacity to critically evaluate central themes, propositions and concepts in development studies, particularly those concerned with community development and gender-based development.
5. Commitment to an academically rigorous comprehension of the diversity of community and participatory development contexts, policies and practices.
6. Sensitivity and ability to work collaboratively in teams as well as individually in a learning and research intensive environment.
7. Understanding of and commitment to continuous learning and research into development policies and programs, and acknowledgement of specific cultural and social issues in global development programs and policies.
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
3.4 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
6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
5 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
There is a complete set of links to the Essential and Supplementary Readings available online at the course MyUni site and a Book of Readings, which contains a copy of the Course Profile, and the essential readings for each workshop as listed in the Profile. There is also a detailed set of instructions and requirements for each assessment item and associated criteria marking sheet, including essay questions and examples of assessment items where possible and applicable.
For those who wish to read beyond the essential readings for each week or for use in developing and researching assessments, supplementary readings have also been suggested for each week and will be available on MyUni (articles) or in Reserve at the Library (books).
Online LearningLectures will be recorded each week and made available on MyUni. Course lecture PowerPoints and additional notes or references will also be made available on MyUni after the relevant lecture. The PowerPoints only refer to the main points or issues raised in the lectures and are not a substitute for attending and/or listening to recorded lectures. Essay questions will also made available on MyUni as will any adjustments made to lecture and tutorial times or locations (or cancellations), and other announcements.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
Course work is made up of three components: lectures, workshops and assessment items. Attendance at, and participation in, workshops is essential as is completion of all assessment requirements. Delivery of lectures will be based on a flexible format and may be delivered either face-to-face in the lecture hall, or pre-recorded each week and made available on MyUni. Components of pre-recorded lectures will also be integrated into workshops, for discussion and debate. These three integrated components are central for learning and development in this course.
There is a one hour lecture each week in this course, which is essential to your successful completion of the course. These lectures (whether pre-recorded, discussed in workshops or face-to-face) introduce and examine the central themes of the week’s topic and the information that you receive is vital for your participation in workshops as well as the successful completion of assessment requirements. In this course, we approach lectures as interactive spaces of learning and engagement with key issues raised in the course and as essential to the assessment items.
Students are required to attend a two hour workshop each week. Attendance at and participation in these workshops on a weekly basis is a primary requirement of this course. There are essential readings set for each workshop beginning from Week One, which are available on MyUni and in a book of readings. These readings are designed to complement the material debated and discussed in the lectures and are essential for participation in the workshops. All students are expected to have read each week’s essential readings for the workshop. For those who wish to read further, supplementary readings have also been suggested for each week.
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. Students are expected to spend twelve hours per week on each course. In DEVT 2101, the 12 hours of required work are as follows:
Contact Hours (3 Hours)
Lectures: 1 hour per week
Workshop: 2 hours per week
Research, reading and preparation for tutorials and assessment
Workshop preparation: between 3-4 hours per week
Preparation for assignments and reading supplementary readings: 5-7 hours per week (average)
Learning Activities Summary
Weekly Course Structure
Week 1 Introduction: Words make Worlds
Week 2 Gender & Development
Week 3 Community & Participatory Development
Week 4 Preparation for Essay
Week 5 Empowerment & Gender Equality
Week 6 The Girl Effect
Week 7 Microfinance & Empowerment
Week 8 Community & Sustainable Development
Week 9 Volunteering & Tourism
Week 10 Mining & Corporate Community Development
Week 11 Gender, Violence, & Community Development
Week 12 Happiness & Well-Being
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
There are four components of assessment for this course:
20% - Workshop activities
45% - Report
25% - Essay
10% - Workshop participation
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents are required to attend a two hour workshop each week. Attendance at and participation in these on a weekly basis is a primary requirement of this course. Each student is required to attend a minimum number of EIGHT workshops out of a total of TEN workshops. Students who do not attend the minimum number of workshops, without just cause and/or medical/counselling certification, will receive 0% for the workshop participation mark.
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Essays and reports are to be submitted online via Course MyUni site. Please see the Course Coordinator as early as possible if you think that you may not be able to complete your essay or journal by the due date. Extensions will be assessed in terms of demonstrable physical or emotional hardship and should be accompanied by the appropriate documentation (medical or counsellor’s certificate for example) and be submitted through the MACA process. In the interest of justice for all students in the course, PENALTIES OF 2% PER DAY will be deducted from assignments submitted in without an approved extension. Word lengths of assignments should be adhered to but unless the assignment is more than 20% over or under the stated word limit, there will be no penalty recorded on the marking schema. In general, keeping the assignment within 10% (under or over) of the word limit is ideal.
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
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