DEVT 4001 - Hons International Development: Contested Concepts
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018
General Course Information
Course Code DEVT 4001 Course Hons International Development: Contested Concepts Coordinating Unit Anthropology and Development Studies Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact 2 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites Bachelor of Development Studies or completed degree (72 units) with a 24 unit major in Development Studies Restrictions Available only to students admitted to the relevant Honours program Course Description This course examines debates surrounding some of the key concepts and buzzwords that are used in contemporary development policy and practice. While the need for things such as 'poverty reduction', 'empowerment', 'participation', 'state-building', and 'social capital' may seem straightforward on the surface, the way in which these concepts are used in development policy and practice reflects particular political and social interests and values as well as particular understandings of what development, itself a contested concept, is and how it occurs. The purpose of this seminar component will be to explore the interests, values and understandings that underpin concepts such as these and assess their implications for development policy and practice.
Course Coordinator: Dr Thomas Wanner
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Course Learning Outcomes
1. Secure and accurate understanding of the concepts explored in this course
2. In-depth knowledge of the ways in which these concepts play a role in the discipline and practice of international development
3. Knowledge of and insight into key issues and concerns raised by these concepts in international development.
4. Ability to explain the values, interests, and understandings of development inherent in these concepts.
5. Present a critique of these concepts, specifically how they are employed by donor and other development organisations.
6. Communicate and work effectively with other students in seminars.
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)
1-5 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
1-5 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
4; 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
1-6 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
1-6 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
Required ResourcesThere are no required resources. Resources will be made available on MyUni or in seminars.
Recommended ResourcesRequired learning material (eg. readings, websties) will be provided to the students via MyUni or email.
Online LearningThe course has no online learning component as it is based on seminars in which the content of the course is discussed.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
The teaching in this course is based on student-centred learning principles and strategies. Students are seen as partners in the learning journey. A range of teaching methods are employed to involve and integrate the students in the learning process, and provide them with the necessary skills and knowledge of the topic. The teaching and learning in this course is about active, collaborative and peer-assisted learning where students actively participate and work together in seminars.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
WORKLOAD – Structured Learning TOTAL HOURS
2 hours seminar per week 24 hours per semester
WORKLOAD – Self-directed Learning
6 hours preparation for seminars 72 hours per semester
6 hours assignment preparation per week 72 hours per semester
12 hours research 144 hours per semester
TOTAL = 312 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryWeek One - Poverty
Week Two - Fragile States, Failed States and Collapsed States
Week Three - Gender and Empowerment
Week Four - Social Capital
Week Five - Community Participation
Week Six - Corporate Social Responsibility
Small Group Discovery Experience
Students are expected to participate in seminar discussions each week. To do this, you will need to (i) attend the seminars and do the required readings for each week and (iii) contribute to classroom discussions. There are six weeks in the course consisting of two-hour seminars per week. Each student is required to attend these seminars, as they are the primary teaching and learning mode of the course.
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