Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: one 2-hour lecture & one 1-hour tutorial per week |
Total Time Commitment:
50 points of first, second or third year geography/anthropology/development studies/politics/planning/environments subjects or approval of the subject coordinator.
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|Non Allowed Subjects:||None|
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CoordinatorAssoc Prof Simon Batterbury
This subject introduces students to the physical environment, history and development challenges facing contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa. Students will examine in detail intellectual and ethical debates surrounding the strategies undertaken by postcolonial African states and the overseas development “industry” to tackle poverty, inequality, environmental change and the colonial legacy. Students will consider how Africa’s problems are portrayed and understood by the rest of the world. Topics may include: the physical environment and competing understandings of environmental change; the history and governance of the continent; regional case studies (West Africa and the D.R. Congo); agrarian transformations and rural livelihoods; development projects and rise of the NGO; military conflict and mineral wealth; hunger, famine, and the controversies of the relief industry; forestry; wildlife conservation; and urban geographies.
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To provide broad understanding of environmental, social and development issues in Africa.
Book reviews or reading assignments of 1000 words 25% (due mid-semester), an open essay of 2000 words 50% (due end of semester), a class test 20% (at the end of semester) and tutorial attendance and participation 5%.
Stock R. 2012. Africa south of the Sahara: a geographical interpretation. Guilford Press.
Moseley, W.G. (ed.) 2011. Taking Sides: Clashing Views on African Issues. McGraw-Hill.
Binns A, A.Dixon and E.Nel. 2012. Africa:Diversity and Development. Routledge.
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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.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
Students who have completed 121-494 Africa: Environment, Development, People may not enrol in this subject.
Students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 degree), or a combined BSc course (except for the BA/BSc) will receive science credit for the completion of this subject.
Master of Science (Geography) |
Development Studies |
Environmental Geographies, Politics and Cultures major
Environments Discipline subjects
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.
Selective subjects for B-BMED
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