Rethinking Development

Course code GEOG3300Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course critically evaluates the nature and direction of a range of pathways and conceptions of development. The development industry has been subject to an array of critiques in the last few decades. In this course, we explore alternatives. Using a range of theoretical approaches and case studies, we assess new approaches to development thinking and review their enactment in real world settings. The course looks at contemporary theories and practices of community development and social change. The course includes options for fieldwork with community groups and Indigenous communities.
Note: Not to count with GEOG3230.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt the successful completion of this course, students will have:
1. a grounding in debates about the theory and practice of development and underdevelopment
2. an understanding of the complexity of the developing world, including accounts of contingency, locational specificity and scalar perspectives
3. an understanding of the implications of development politics for Indigenous peoples and other affected groups in a variety of contexts
4. a capacity to undertake logical, critical and creative analysis
5. a range of skills and techniques which are transferable to other subject and employment areas, including the interpretation of subjective data sources; the presentation of material; research techniques; data interpretation; critical evaluation; essay and report writing (analysis and synthesis); oral presentation and performance skills; and an ability to work in groups and individually
6. the ability to engage in constructive public and professional discourse in community, cross-cultural and policy contexts
7. the capacity to link theoretical understandings of development to ethical practice
ContentThis course focuses on contemporary thinking in development studies. Topics addressed include:
*The need to re-think development
*Social movements
*Understanding power and resistance
*Race and identity
*Strategies in community development
*Re-imagining trade
*Strategies for change
Replacing Course(s)This is a revision to an existing course (GEOG3230 Postcolonial Geographies) and does not directly affect any other offerings by the School or Faculty.
TransitionAs the course is a replacement course not affecting any other courses, no transition arrangements are necessary. This course will not count with GEOG3230.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeEither GEOG2080 or GEOG2130.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsField Study
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsMajor written assignment
Examination: Take Home
Presentations - TutorialTutorial presentation and paper
Contact HoursComputer Lab: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Field Study: for 8 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory fieldwork induction.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for GEOG3300