DEVT 3002 - Development Studies Professional Practicum

North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2017

The Development Studies Professional Practicum (DSPP) offered by the Australian Consortium for In-country Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) provides an opportunity for students to gain valuable experience working as an intern with a development organisation in a developing country context while learning about a country that is central to global efforts to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development. The course will involve four main components, all of which will be carried out in Jakarta, Indonesia: two weeks of intensive Indonesian language training aimed at achieving basic competency; a series of lectures by experts on development issues in Indonesia; field trips to related sites; and an internship with a development organisation in which English is widely used. Possible host organisations for the internship include multilateral and bilateral donor agencies, local and international non-governmental organisations, local and international business organisations, research institutes, and government departments and agencies. For further information on applying, including the application due date, please visit the ACICIS website at Students who are interested in this program should register their interest with the Program Convenor for Development Studies prior to applying.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DEVT 3002
    Course Development Studies Professional Practicum
    Coordinating Unit Anthropology and Development Studies
    Term Summer
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 35 hours per week for 2 weeks, plus 160 hours internship placement
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 6 units of level 2 undergraduate study
    Restrictions Available to BDevelopSt and BInternationalSt (Global) students only or by permission of Program Convenor
    Quota A quota will apply. Students will need to apply to, and be accepted by, ACICIS
    Assessment Language exam (40%), participation (10%), 4500 word reflective journal (50%)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Andrew Rosser

    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 the course, students will be able to:
    1 Demonstrate knowledge of concepts and terminology associated with development practice
    2 Demonstrate ability to conduct practical debates over development issues
    3 Demonstrate knowledge of the structure of the development industry
    4 Demonstrate some knowledge of Indonesian language
    5 Demonstrate knowledge of key development issues in Indonesia
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course endeavours to facilitate student learning about development through experiential learning. While students can learn much about development through classroom-based activities, practical field experience provides students with an opportunity to gain insight into the nature of development work as it is carried out by particular organisations; apply skills they have learned in classroom settings to specific, ‘authentic’ problems; develop new technical skills; learn to ‘survive’ in a different political, social and cultural environment (including coping with operating in a different language environment and coping with the practical challenges of living in a foreign land); and learn about themselves and, in particular, their suitability for a career in development.

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

    Weeks 1-2
    20 hrs language classes per week
    12 hrs lectures on development issues and/or field trips per week
    16 hrs independent language study and reading per week

    Weeks 3-6
    40 hours work as intern per week
    8 hours independent study/journal preparation per week
    Learning Activities Summary
    Weeks 1-2
    Morning: Indonesian Language Classes
    Afternoon: Field trips and lectures related to development issues in Indonesia (the exact topics covered will vary from year to year but typically include politics, the economy, conflict and security, religion, environment and poverty.

    Weeks 3-6
    Specific Course Requirements
    A quota will apply. Students will need to apply to, and be accepted by, ACICIS. A work placement and field trips are required components of the course. Students will need to cover the cost of travel to and living in Jakarta including the cost of socio-cultural visa from the Indonesian embassy.
  • 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
    The assessment consists of three tasks:

    1. Language exam (40%), held at the end of week 2
    2. Participation (10%), assessed at the end of week 6
    3. 4500 word reflective journal (50%), due at the end of summer semester
    The proposed assessment structure is aimed at helping students to attain the graduate attributes by requiring them to participate in practical development work, carry out this work in a way that demonstrates an understanding and respect for cultural difference and diversity and an understanding of civil responsibility and social justice, reflect critically on this work and how it relates to Indonesia’s development challenges, and demonstrate basic competency in Indonesian language.

    There are no collaborative student assessment tasks and no tasks are negotiated with the students.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students are expected to behave in a professionally and culturally appropriate manner during the course. Attendance and language classes and lectures is recorded but is not compulsory. Host organisation supervisors monitor attendance during the internship but again it is not compulsory. Students are not required to achieve a minimum result in any particular component of the course.
    Assessment Detail
    The language exam is based on material covered during the intensive two-week intensive language program. The exact content of the exam will vary depending on the student’s starting ability-level—e.g. beginner, intermediate, advanced—reflecting the streamed nature of the language classes.

    Participation is assessed on the basis of recorded attendance at the language classes and lectures/field trips, feedback from host organisation supervisors, involvement in an end-of-program debriefing session, and an oral exam with and a report from the ACICIS DSPP Project Officer.

    The 4500 word reflective journal will vary in content depending on the student’s precise experiences. However, typically it would include an overview of (i) the work of the host organisation, (ii) its place in the development sector, (iii) the nature of the tasks that the student undertook during the internship, and (iv) the student’s reflections’ about what s/he has learned about development—especially development practice—during the program.
    Language exam: Language exam is held at Atma Jaya University and is collected by Atma Jaya staff; 2 week turnaround on assessment.

    Reflective journal: to be submitted in Discipline of Anthropology and Development Studies; UoA cover sheet required; 2 week turnaround on assessment of reflective journal; late penalty of 10% per work day; no resubmission of work. 
    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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