Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Many developing countries continue to be blighted by poverty, land degradation and other serious problems. How should the international community respond or can governments in developing economies address their own problems? These issues have become increasingly important in a global environment characterised by increasing interconnectedness of people and places. Widespread global changes have made the understanding of these issues more challenging but even more critical. This interdisciplinary course critically examines the major problems facing developing countries.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2020.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe the issues facing developing countries in a global environment.

2. Explore the alternative concepts and theories of growth and development.

3. Demonstrate advanced critical understanding of strategies for overcoming poverty, inequality and underdevelopment in developing countries.

4. Demonstrate knowledge of the role and limitations of governments in developing countries and international community in promoting growth and development.


Topics include but are not limited to the following:

  1. An Overview of Economic Development
  2. Theories of Growth, Development and Underdevelopment
  3. Poverty, Inequality, Discrimination and Development
  4. Population Growth and Economic Development
  5. Urbanisation and Rural Migration
  6. Human Capital, Education and Health in Economic Development
  7. Agricultural Transformation and Rural Development
  8. The Environment and Development
  9. International Trade and Policy
  10. Policy Options for Developing Countries and International Community

Assessment items

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study Review and Presentation - Face to face offering

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study Review and Voice Over PowerPoint - Online offering

Report: Group Project Report - Online Offering

Project: Group Project Report and Presentation - Face to face offering

Formal Examination: Final Exam - face to face and online offerings