Directed Study in Development

Subject DEVT40004 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

Semester 1, 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

research Subject.

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meetings with a supervisor throughout the semester
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours

Prerequisites: None

All students completing either DEVT90011 Minor Thesis - Development Studies or DEVT40008 Development Studies Thesis must complete this subject.

Recommended Background Knowledge:

Students enrolling in this course must have completed a Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent.

Non Allowed Subjects:


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 Hans Baer


Dr Hans Baer

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 their supervisor (supervision to be arranged by the subject coordinator if student is not completing the thesis). 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 during the examination period.

Assessment that is submitted after the due date and up to 10 working days late without an approved extension will be marked on a pass/fail basis only. Assessment that is submitted later than 10 working days will not be accepted or marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

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:

This subject is compulsory for all students who intend to enrol in DEVT90011 Minor Thesis in the 200 and 150 point Master of Development Studies coursework program (097AB). This subject is core for students who are enrolled in BA Honours (Development Studies) or the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Develoment Studies).

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 150 Point Master of Development Studies (CWT)
200 Point Master of Development Studies (CWT)
Development Studies
Development Studies

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