Development and the Third World

Subject 121-015 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 3 contact hours/week, 5.5 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Usually 25 points of first-year development studies, anthropology, geography or a relevant discipline or approval of the subject coordinator.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Dr Salim Lakha


Salim Lakha

Subject Overview: This subject is an introduction to a range of issues about development in the 'third world'. It will explore the basic concepts used in development literature in addition to the many ways that development is understood and applied. Concepts such as 'third world', 'aid' and 'globalisation' will be critically examined. The key development institutions will be introduced through the use of case studies. The subject will consider the role of local knowledge, grass roots schemes, industrialisation, appropriate technology, empowerment, globalisation and modernity in development in the 'third world'. At the end of the subject students should be able to discern a range of modernities, approaches to development, and development alternatives that pertain locally within the broader political economies of the 'third world'.
  • recognise that perceptions of quality of life and standards of living differ according to the criteria used to determine these;
  • understand the non-government organisation approach and industrial growth approach to the problems confronting Third World countries;
  • be familiar with the main development issues of the Third World, and be able to apply different development principles in the search for solutions to problems;
  • have some knowledge of the forces operating in the global economy which differentially affect Third World countries.
Assessment: One 1000-word assignment worth 30% (due in week 6), an essay of 3000 words 60% (in the last week of semester) and tutorial participation 10%.
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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:
  • be able to demonstrate conceptual and analytical skills;
  • be able to write clear and concise reports;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of cultural differences in the development process;
  • be able to communicate clearly in discussion groups.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Public Policy and Management
Diploma in Arts (Development Studies)
Diploma in Arts (Environmental Studies)
Diploma in Arts (Geography)
Diploma in Arts (Social Theory)
Diploma in Arts (Sociology)
U21 Certificate in Global Issues (Understanding Globalisation)
U21 Diploma in Global Issues
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Anthropology
Anthropology & Social Theory
Anthropology and Development
Anthropology and Development
Anthropology and Social Theory
Anthropology and Social Theory
Development Studies
Development Studies
Development Studies
Development Studies Major
Environmental Studies Major
Geography Major
Social Theory
Social Theory Major
Sociology Major

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