Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


The distribution of wealth in today's world is the most unequal in history. While the economies of developed countries continue to grow, the size of the world's poor continues to increase with resulting social crises and instability. Global Poverty and Development explores this and other issues through an introduction to development studies, with a broad discussion of social, economic, political, cultural and environmental issues. It provides students with a base understanding of historical and contemporary theories and processes of development. It examines the persistence of poverty in the world, how it is created and how it is being responded to. It also explores poverty and development from the perspective of those who are poor, understanding poverty as a lived experience. The course also provides students with the skills to locate and compare a range of indices, measurements and reports about poverty, inequality and development. Students also undertake practical exercises to develop skills in describing development theories and their paradoxes.

Availability2022 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe a variety of historical, contemporary and emerging theories and approaches to development;

2. Analyse socio-cultural, economic and environmental factors of development and its impacts at a local, regional, national and global scale;

3. Identify how poverty, inequality and development are described and measured;

4. Describe the impacts of development from the perspective of those who are poor;

5. Investigate current development projects and communicate the key issues.


  • Introduction to poverty, inequality and development – how we define and measure each of these
  • Global and local development theories and processes
  • The role of international financial institutions, governments and non-government organisations in development
  • Development and the environment
  • Ethical development

Assessment items

Role Play: Role play

Essay: Essay

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial program

Formal Examination: Examination

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Practical: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend 80% of the tutorial classes.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Note: Practical hours include tutorials.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.