Development Studies Special Topics B

Subject DEVT90005 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2014:

July, 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: This subject will be taught intensively from 9:00am - 12:00pm 7 - 18 July 2014.
Total Time Commitment:

A total of 120 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

Special Topic: Climate Change and Development

This subject will examine the emerging social science of climate change, particularly drawing upon the disciplines of development studies, anthropology, sociology, and political science. It will focus upon the impact of climate change on human societies, particularly in terms of life ways, settlement patterns, food security, and health. It in particular examines the role of various development processes, such as production and consumption, in contributing to greenhouse gas emissions, that according to climate science, lead to global warming and other climatic changes, such as droughts in some areas, heavy rainfalls and storms in other areas, rising sea levels, and the melting of the Arctic icecap and glaciers around the world. Various strategies of adaptation and mitigation will be considered, including climate regimes, reliance of renewable energy sources, technological fixes, carbon trading, carbon offsetting, and green capitalism. The subject will also examine the emerging climate movement around the world, which is forming links with various other movements, including the environmental, global justice, indigenous rights movements. The question as to the long-term viability of the existing global political economy in the face of the dangers posed by global warming will be explored. Finally, the subject will explore the possible need for an alternative world system based upon social equity, democratic processes, and environmental sustainability.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • gain advanced analytical skills related to development issues;
  • become familiar with current debates in the field of development;
  • expand their knowledge of development theories;
  • be able to pursue research in a specialised area of study.

Written assignments totalling 5000 words, (due date: to be advised at the start of teaching).

Hurdle Requirement: As this is an Intensively-taught subject, attendance is compulsory at all Lecture/Seminars. Regular participation in class is required.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working 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:

To be advised by the lecturer

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • be able to write clear and coherent reports;
  • be able to think critically about conceptual issues;
  • be able to demonstrate relevance of the topic to broader development debates.
Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Development Studies (CWT)
100 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender && Development)
150 Point Master of Development Studies (CWT)
150 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender && Development)
200 Point Master of Development Studies (CWT)
200 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender && Development)

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