Development Strategies

Subject DEVT90047 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

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 for 12 weeks
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


Admission to the Master of Development Studies

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Understanding of development theories

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:


Mr Nadeem Malik


Dr. Nadeem Malik

Subject Overview:

Development Strategies is designed to facilitate anunderstanding of the conceptual links between theoretical, substantive and practical issues. Students will critically reflect upon and contextualise development strategies in the light of diverse cultural, political and economic scenarios within the developing world. This subject will provide students significant insights into the complexities of development practice.


On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Analyse the link between theoretical, substantial and practical issues surrounding development;
  • Understand key development strategies for improving the lives of marginalised communities in the developing world;
  • Critically reflect and contextualise development strategies in the light of diverse cultural, political and economic scenarios within the developing world.

A 2000 word essay due mid-semester (40%) and a 3000 word essay due during the examination period (60%). Hurdle Requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of classes in order to qualify to have their written work assessed. Regular participation in class is required. 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:

An online subject reader will be available to students.

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to integrate practical examples with theoretical debates from different perspectives;
  • Demonstrate critical reflections on key debates regarding a range of development strategies and acritical understanding of the impact of thesestrategies on marginalised communities in developing countries;
  • Demonstrate an awareness of alternative theoretical perspectives and various possibilities for analysis of development strategies;
  • Apply research skills to evaluate the impact of development strategies implemented by development organisations in communities in the developing world.

DEVT90047 Development Strategies is a compulsory subject in 097-AB Master of Development Studies (CWT)

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Development Studies (CWT)
150 Point Master of Development Studies (CWT)
200 Point Master of Development Studies (CWT)

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