Development, Culture and Conflict

Subject 161-591 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 5 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
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 seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment (including non-contact time): 120 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Alan Thorold


Dr Alan Thorold

Subject Overview: The end of the Cold War and the announcement of the ‘New World Order’ created a rapidly transforming terrain for the practice of development, humanitarian intervention and aid. Cultural, ethnic and religious conflict is a feature of many of the situations in which development agencies and workers find themselves. Complex emergencies characterized by extensive violence, displacements of people and the need for multi-faceted humanitarian intervention have become increasingly numerous and intractable. This subject examines the new context for development in the light of debates about the ‘clash of civilizations’, the end of history, the failure of secularism, the ‘coming anarchy’ and the rising prominence of fundamentalisms. The relationship between culture and development will also be explored in some depth. Case studies and illustrative material from Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and other regions will be an important component of the subject.
Objectives: An understanding of the contemporary cultural, ethnic and religious factors in global conflicts; familiarity with the notion of complex emergencies and their manifestations in Africa, Middle East and South Asia; the ability to make sophisticated analysis of the contemporary terrain of development and to present that in the form of written and verbal accounts.
Assessment: Tutorial presentation (10%) during semester; 1 ,000 word essay (20%) due mid semester and 3,500 word essay (70%) due at the end of seemster.
Prescribed Texts: To be advised.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • be able to demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of the key concepts;
  • gain critical analysis skills;
  • gain research skills;
  • be able to work independently as well as a member of a team;
  • be able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
Related Course(s): Master of Development Studies(CWT)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Development Studies
Development Studies
Gender Studies
Gender Studies

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