Social Change and Development

Course code SOCA6570Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Aims to provide students with the concepts and analytical skills to understand the changes that have taken place in post-colonial societies. The course examines globalisation and economic development in relation to states and specific social groups, as well as forces of internal change including gender, ethnicity and social movements. The course will focus on governmental as well as non-governmental actors on the local, national and international levels.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
Objectives(1) To develop an understanding of different approaches to development adopted by post-colonial societies since the first development decade (1970s).
(2) To develop an understanding of the role of the state in dealing with the basic needs of its citizens.
(3) To develop an understanding of the role of social movements in raising the specific concerns of women, workers, impoverished farmers and other marginalized groups.
(4) To develop an understanding of the role of international actors in the development arena, ranging from inter-governmental agencies, non-governmental organisations to international trade and business lobbies.
(5) To enable the students to acquire an informed and critical understanding of key concepts, such as 'social change', 'development', 'civil society', 'good governance' and 'globalisation'.
ContentThis course:
1. Discusses economic development policies, theories of development, and processes of globalisation;
2. examines globalisation in relation to states and specific social groups, as well as forces of gender, ethnicity, urbanisation and social movements.
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable.
TransitionNot applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeUndergraduate degree majoring in a social science or related discipline.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : Paper Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Seminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay 1 - 2500 words, 45%.
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay 2 - 2500 words, 45%.
Online DiscussionWeekly contributions to the online forum
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Email Discussion Group: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term