DEVT 3003 - Rights and Development

North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2024

This course is about the linkages between human rights and international development with a main focus on whether human rights-based approaches can facilitate the realisation of international development goals, such as overcoming global poverty, improving international and national inequalities, and achieving sustainable development goals. This course provides an introduction to human rights and how they are linked to questions of social change and economic, social, political and human development. Through case studies from the developing world, we examine key debates: What are human rights, how can these be applied in the context of international/national development, and what effects do they produce in practice? What are the main features of rights-based approaches to international development and how do these differ from other approaches? What are the limits of human rights for achieving sustainable development goals?

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DEVT 3003
    Course Rights and Development
    Coordinating Unit Anthropology and Development Studies
    Term Winter
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 36 hours. NOTE: this is an intensive two weeks winter course
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study
    Incompatible DEVT 2002
    Assessment The assessment format and weightings of assignments will be negotiated with students in the first workshop
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Thomas Wanner

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Provide an understanding of the broad nature of multi-disciplinary studies of human rights and international development.
    2. Develop of knowledge of and insight into key issues and concerns of human rights policy, practice and theory.
    3. Foster the ability to understand the history and application of key theoretical approaches to human rights and international development.
    4. To develop the ability to critically evaluate central themes, propositions and concepts in these fields.
    5. To develop the skills to work collaboratively in teams as well as individually in a learning and research environment.
    6. To foster 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)

    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.


    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.


    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.


    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 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
    This winter course will be taught as a two weeks intensive course with 2 hours seminars on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10-12noon and 1-3pm. This is an on campus course with no online options.

    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary

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  • 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
    There is negotiated assessment in this course which means that the assessment format and weightings of assignments will be negotiated with the students in the first seminar.
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


    No information currently available.

    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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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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