Directed Study in Development

Subject DEVT40004 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meetings with a supervisor throughout the semester
Total Time Commitment: An average of 10 hours each week
Prerequisites: None.
Corequisites: None.
Recommended Background Knowledge: Students enrolling in this course must have completed a Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent.
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 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 involves a critical assessment of the literature of a research area in development studies, chosen by the student in consultation with the supervisor. The area of review will be determined during regular meetings and discussions between the student and supervisor. Regular meetings will be held to discuss the development of academic arguments in the review. Preparation of the review will include an extensive literature search by the student on the defined topic and critical appraisal of drafts by the supervisor prior to final submission of the review.


Students who successfully complete this subject should

  • possess library research skills.
  • develop analytical skills.
  • acquire training for writing academic papers.
  • appreciate theoretical perspectives in development.

A written review essay of 5000 words [100%] (due at the end of semester).

Prescribed Texts:

Texts will be determined in consultation with the supervisor.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should

  • think critically (for example, about development and its measures).
  • obtain information to evaluate propositions (about the principles of development).
  • write coherent and researched projects.
Links to further information:
Notes: This subject is compulsory for all students who intend to enrol in 121547 Minor Thesis in the 200 and 150 point Master of Development Studies coursework program (097AB)
Related Course(s): Master of Development Studies(CWT)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Development Studies
Development Studies

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