Geographies of Development
Available in 2012
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 2|
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
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.
To 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).
1. 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
5. The role of Non-Governmental-Organisations and Governments in development
- Social movements
- Governments and participation
- Contemporary issues
GEOG1020 or GEOG1030
Modes of Delivery
Problem Based Learning
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term