Geographies of Development

Course code GEOG2130Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

Provides an introduction to Development Geography from the North-South perspective (First World/Third World). Colonialism and imperialism are discussed with respect to social, cultural, economic and environmental development in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Australia. The course introduces concepts and theories that explain uneven development and its consequences and debates how recent trends of globalisation and neo-colonialism affect economies and societies in developing countries. Sustainable and alternative approaches such as popular, participative and bottom-up development are evaluated. Students will undertake practical exercises to develop their skills in critically analysing and evaluating policy documents, development indices and measurements, statistics and reports on development.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesTo provide students with:

1. A comprehension of recent development issues and their historical and geographical dimensions.

2. A cross-disciplinary regional examination of demographic, economic and environmental factors and structures, uneven development and its impacts at local, regional and global scales.

3. A variety of theoretical approaches with which to examine and evaluate development processes and problems.

4. A wide range of skills and methods necessary to undertake a complex analysis and communication of development issues and to critically analyse development measures, indicators, reports and policies. Some of the methods are also transferable to other courses and employment areas (such as seminar presentation skills, report and essay writing, critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of data).
Content1. Defining development
- First World/Third World and North/South- paradigm
- Economic and cultural interpretations of progress and growth
- Holistic interpretations

2. Development theories and their paradoxes
- Economic and political development theories
- Development models, indicators and measurements
- Alternative approaches

3. The process of development and results (local to global scale)
- Social inequalities
- Economic inequalities
- Marginalisation (gender, ethnicity, etc.)

4. Development and the environment
- Environmental impacts (urban & regional)
- Resource extraction and transformation
- Consumption

5. The role of Non-Governmental-Organisations and Governments in development
- Citizenship
- Social movements
- Governments and participation
- Contemporary issues
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeGEOG1020 or GEOG1030
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Other: (please specify)Computer practical assessments
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for GEOG2130