Development and the Third World

Subject DEVT20001 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

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

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 ( 1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial each week)
Total Time Commitment: An average of 8.5 hours per week
Prerequisites: None.
Corequisites: None.
Recommended Background Knowledge: knowlege gained in one of the following is recommended by not esential:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2011
Non Allowed Subjects: Students who have completed 'Development and the Third World' under the codes 121-015 or 671-339 are not permitted to enrol in this subject.
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:
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".


Students who successfully complete this subject will

  • 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 2,500 words 60% (in the last week of semester) and tutorial presentation (equivalent 500 words) 10%. This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 75% tutorial attendance. Regular participation in tutorials is required. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject
Prescribed Texts:

There is no prescribed text but please see the recommended text listed below.

Recommended Texts:

Allen, T., and Thomas, A., (eds) Poverty and Development in the 21st Century Oxford University Press, Oxford

Breadth Options:

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

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject will

  • 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.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Public Policy and Management
U21 Certificate in Global Issues
U21 Diploma in Global Issues
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 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
International Studies Major
Social Theory
Social Theory Major
Sociology Major
Related Breadth Track(s): Development Studies

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