The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

This course builds knowledge and understanding about the history and philosophy of research in the social, environmental and natural sciences. This knowledge and understanding is used to develop insights into the ways that the development problem is conceived and acted on. The course enhances skills and capacities in reading and literature reviewing, critical reasoning and argument, essay writing and verbal communication. The course includes: discussions of theoretical and applied directions in development studies; student-based presentations of key issues; and training workshops in computing skills, on-line bibliographic searches, statistical analysis, writing techniques, and cartography.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2019
  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. An advanced comprehension of contemporary development issues and their historical, socio-cultural and geographical dimensions.

2. An advanced understanding of cross-disciplinary approaches to demographic, socio-cultural, economic and environmental factors and structures, uneven development and its impacts at local, regional and global scales.

3. An advanced comprehension of the 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.


Content

  1. Approaches and Definitions of:
  • First World/Third World and North/South- paradigm
  • Economic and cultural interpretations of progress and growth
  • Holistic interpretations
  1. Critical analysis of development theories and their paradoxes:
  • Economic and political development theories
  • Development models, indicators and measurements
  • Alternative approaches
  1. The history and philosophy of research approaches in development studies:
  • Social science epistemologies
  • Environmental approaches
  • Ideological contradictions
  1. Advanced skills development:
  • Oral presentation and discussion
  • Essay writing

Assumed knowledge

GEOG4310Development Studies Honours 4310This course builds knowledge and understanding about the history and philosophy of research in the social, environmental and natural sciences. This knowledge and understanding is used to develop insights into the ways that the development problem is conceived and acted on. The course enhances skills and capacities in reading and literature reviewing, critical reasoning and argument, essay writing and verbal communication. The course includes: discussions of theoretical and applied directions in development studies; student-based presentations of key issues; and training workshops in computing skills, on-line bibliographic searches, statistical analysis, writing techniques, and cartography.FSCITFaculty of Science723School of Environmental and Life Sciences2040005940Semester 1 - 2019CALLAGHANCallaghan20195980Semester 2 - 2019CALLAGHANCallaghan2019Completion of Bachelor of Development Studies with credit grades or above in core 2000 and 3000 courses. Approaches and Definitions of: First World/Third World and North/South- paradigm Economic and cultural interpretations of progress and growth Holistic interpretations Critical analysis of development theories and their paradoxes: Economic and political development theories Development models, indicators and measurements Alternative approaches The history and philosophy of research approaches in development studies: Social science epistemologies Environmental approaches Ideological contradictions Advanced skills development: Oral presentation and discussion Essay writing NOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1An advanced comprehension of contemporary development issues and their historical, socio-cultural and geographical dimensions.2An advanced understanding of cross-disciplinary approaches to demographic, socio-cultural, economic and environmental factors and structures, uneven development and its impacts at local, regional and global scales.3An advanced comprehension of the variety of theoretical approaches with which to examine and evaluate development processes and problems.4A 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. Essay: Essay CallaghanLectureFace to Face On Campus2hour(s)per Week for0Full Term0Self-Directed LearningSelf-Directed8hour(s)per Week for0Full Term0Each GEOG Honours student will present a short 15min seminar in their first semester and 1/2hr seminar in their second semester.


Assessment items

Essay: Essay


Contact hours

Callaghan

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Each GEOG Honours student will present a short 15min seminar in their first semester and 1/2hr seminar in their second semester.