Development, Culture and Conflict

Subject DEVT50001 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 5 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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: An average of 10 hours each week
Prerequisites: Admission to a Masters level course in development, post Graduate Certificate in the Development Stream, Post Graduate Diploma in development 0r with coordinator approval.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Knowledge gained in an undergraduate degree with at least a minor in development or a related field or with equivalent experience.
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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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.


Students who successfully complete this subject will have 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 semester.
Prescribed Texts:

To be advised.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully compltete this class will:

  • 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.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Development Studies (Gender & Development)
Master of Development Studies(CWT)
Master of Islamic Studies
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Development Studies
Development Studies
Gender Studies
Gender Studies
Gender Studies

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