DEVT 2005 - Contemporary Aid and Development

North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2019

The course examines contemporary issues and trends related to international aid, a topic at the heart of the international development policy agenda. In doing so, this course explores a range of debates and contested concepts with regards to aid effectiveness ? examining the relevant global fora and frameworks that have influenced our understandings of aid effectiveness, as well as examining how the structure of the international aid architecture and different aid modalities shape the effectiveness of aid. This course will emphasise contemporary trends in the delivery of aid, with a particular focus on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, the corporatisation and privatisation of aid, the emergence of `new? donors, and the emergence of issues of national security as a key concern in the aid and development landscape. Over the course of these investigations, students will be encouraged to think critically about the politics of aid policy and practice at both a micro level (through the exploration of particular programs or donor approaches) and a macro level (through global frameworks and international policies). This course will draw extensively on case study material from development policy and practice, with a primary focus on the Australian Aid program and supplementary material from a range of global case studies

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DEVT 2005
    Course Contemporary Aid and Development
    Coordinating Unit Anthropology and Development Studies
    Term Summer
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 12 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
    Incompatible DEVT 3005, DEVT 3009
    Assessment Critical Topic Journal 30%, Groupwork Project & Presentation 20%, Research Essay 50%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Tait Brimacombe

    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 in-depth understanding of development policy and practice.
    2. Provide a critical examination of conceptualisations and contemporary debates on aid and aid effectiveness.
    3. Develop and apply critical thinking skills.
    4. Develop skills to work collaboratively in a learning and research environment.
    5. Develop and pursue independent research skills and ability to conduct critical enquiry.
    6. Develop effective skills in research communication. 
    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
    2, 3
    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, 2, 3, 4, 5, 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
    3, 4
    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
    4, 5, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    All course materials will be made available online via MyUni (Canvas). 

    Recommended Resources

    All course material will be made available online via MyUni (Canvas). 

    Online Learning

    All course material will be made available online via MyUni (Canvas). All material will be published prior to the commencement of the course. 

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    This course will be taught in a summer school intensive format, with an integrated/combined lecture & seminar format. 


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

    Workload: Structured Learning

    Workload Total Hours
    1x1hr lecture per topic 9 hours
    1x2hr seminar per topic 18 hours
    3x3hr practical sessions 9 hours
    36 hours

    In addition to the above, it is anticipated that students will spend approximately 120 hours engaged in self-directed learning. These activities include - reading preparation for each topic, contributions towards groupwork assessments, independent research time and assignment preparation and writing. 

    Learning Activities Summary
    Topic Lecture & Seminar Topic
    1 Introduction: Key Concepts, Terminology & Definitions
    2 Aid Trends
    3 Aid Effectiveness: Global Frameworks
    4 Aid Effectiveness & Delivery: The State, NGOs & 'New' Donors
    5 Aid Effectiveness & Modality: Partnerships & Ownership
    6 Corporatisation & Privatisation of Aid
    7 Aid or Trade?
    8 Contested Concepts: Aid, National Security & Diplomacy
    9 Beyond Aid? Doing Development Differently & Thinking and Working Politically
  • 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
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Date Weighting Learning Outcome
    Critical Topic Journal (1500 words) Summative 25 Jan 2019 30% 1, 2, 3, 5, 6
    Groupwork Project & Presentation Formative & Summative 8 Feb 2019 20% 1, 2, 4, 6
    Research Essay (2500 words) Summative 15 Feb 2019 50% 3, 5, 6
    Assessment Detail

    Critical Topic Journal: Students will be asked to write a 1500 word critical journal on a topic relating to aid effectiveness. A critical reflection guidance note will be available for students to access via MyUni (Canvas) and students will be given a number of questions and prompts to guide their journal. Students will be provided with an assessment rubric to guide their preparation. This will be made available via MyUni (Canvas). 

    Groupwork Project & Presentation: Students will be allocated to a group of 2-4 students during the first seminar of the course. Students will be expected to work in these groups in order to complete a number of project tasks in each seminar, with the final project being presented in the last seminar of the semester. Further information on these tasks and the presentation requirements will be available on MyUni (Canvas). Online groups will be create via MyUni (Canvas) in order to facilitate group communication and assessment. Students will be provided with an assessment rubric to guide their preparation. This will be made available via MyUni (Canvas). 

    Research Essay: Students will be asked to write a 2500 word essay. Students will be required to select ONE question to answer. Questions will be available on MyUni (Canvas). Students will be provided with an assessment rubric to guide their preparation. This will be made available via MyUni (Canvas).


    Assignments are to be submitted electronically via Tunitin.

    There will be no extensions granted wtihout adequate documentation. All students are encouraged to read throguh the Modified Arrangements of Coursework Assessment Policy for further information about extension procedures. 

    Late assignments will incur a penalty of 2% per day for each day past the deadline. Any assignments NOT submitted within 7 days of the deadline will receive a grade of ZERO.

    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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