Development in the 21st Century

Subject DEVT20001 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week for 10 weeks. The lecture and tutorial programs are staggered and cover the 12 weeks of semester.
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:

knowlege gained in one of the following is recommended by not esential:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013
Non Allowed Subjects:

Students who have completed 'Development and the Third World' or 'Anthropology of Policy in Development' under the codes DEVT20001, 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:


Dr. Bina Fernandez

Subject Overview:

This subject introduces students to the evolution of multiple paradigms of development, considers the strategies used to pursue development in practice, and identifies the key trends and issues of development in the 21 st century. We examine the theories promulgated about the developing world - of modernization and ‘catch-up’, of structuralism and dependency, of human development, ‘alternative’ and ‘post-development’. Students will be encouraged to understand the diverse trajectories of development by close analysis of specific case studies. We explore the phenomenal developmental success of countries in East and South-East Asia and the BRICs and draw lessons for other developing countries. We also review key issues of relevance to the developing world such as poverty and inequality, health, globalization, industrialization, religion and conflict.


Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with key terms and concepts used in the theories and approaches to development;
  • Analyse the developmental pathways undertaken by diverse countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa;
  • Critically understand contemporary issues and trends in the developing world.

A tutorial presentation, equivalent of 800 words (20%) due throughout the semester, a 1,200 word on online assignment (30%) due during the semester, and a 2,000 word essay (50%) due in the examination period.

Hurdle Requirement: 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:

The subject coordinator will advise students of prescribed reading at the start of semester

Breadth Options:

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

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • have practice in speaking and writing clearly and reading carefully;
  • have experience of methods of critical inquiry and argument leading to improved analytical skills;
  • have acquired awareness of different analytical perspectives on theories and approaches to development;
  • have an understanding of key development issues.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): U21 Diploma in Global Issues
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Anthropology
Development Studies
Development Studies
Development Studies Major
International Studies Major
Social Theory
Social Theory
Social Theory Major
Sociology Major
Related Breadth Track(s): Development Studies

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