The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course aims to provide students with the concepts and analytical skills to understand the rapid changes that are taking place in developing countries. The course examines globalisation and economic development in relation to states and specific social and cultural 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 local, national and international levels.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020
  • Semester 2 - 2020


  • Semester 1 - 2020
  • Semester 2 - 2020

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): SOCA6570. Students who have successfully completed SOCA6570 are not eligible to enrol in SOCA6571.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Explain different approaches to development adopted by post-colonial societies since the 1960s.

2. Analyse the role of the state in dealing with the basic needs of its citizens.

3. Appraise the role of social movements in raising the specific concerns of women, workers, impoverished farmers and other marginalized groups.

4. Investigate the role of international actors in the development arena, ranging from the World Bank and IMF, inter-governmental agencies, non-governmental organisations to international trade and business lobbies.

5. Employ development theories in analysis and evaluation of empirical case studies.


This course:

  1. Discusses economic development policies, theories of development, and processes of globalisation.
  2. Examines globalisation in relation to states and specific social and cultural groups, as well as forces of gender, ethnicity, urbanisation and social movements.


This course replaces SOCA6570. If you have successfully completed SOCA6570 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

Undergraduate degree majoring in a social science or related discipline.

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Weekly contributions to discourse (20%)

Written Assignment: Essay (40%)

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study (40%)

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks

On campus students: Seminar


Online Activity

Online 3 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks

Weblearn students: Blackboard discussion and self directed learning