UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of International Development (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

This course aims to provide students with a grounding in international development concepts, theories and approaches. Students are equipped with the analytical and practical skills they need to engage critically in development issues and debates from a interdisciplinary perspective, and to work across broad areas of development policy, research and practice. The course begins with foundational units in development theory and case studies, before enabling students to specialise in one of a number of areas, including development policy and practice; politics and development; and economics of development.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of International Development (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviationMIntDev
Course code71550
Course typemaster's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science
CRICOS code083850D
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typefull-time only
ArticulationThe Master of International Development has the following exit awards: 73250 Graduate Certificate in International Development (24 points) (24 points), 73350 Graduate Diploma in International Development (48 points) (48 points)
Credit points required96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit3 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Professor Petra Tschakert and Dr Kelly Gerard
ENQUIRIES AND COURSE ADVICE
  
petra.tschakert@uwa.edu.au/kelly.gerard@uwa.edu.au

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2017;
NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Students who have not completed a bachelor's degree with a major in Geography; Human Geography and Planning; Political Science and International Relations; Natural Resource Management; Anthropology and Sociology; or Economics; or their equivalents as recognised by the Faculty, must complete relevant conversion unit(s) up to the value of up to 24 points, depending on their chosen specialisation, as advised by the Faculty.

Take all units (12 points):

NSGEOG5002Case Studies in Development Practice
NSPOLS5672Critical Perspectives in International Development

Development Policy and Practice specialisation

Take all units (24 points):

NSENVT4404Environmental Planning and Management
NSGEOG4001Population, Migration and Development
NSGEOG5003Mining and Regional Development
NSGEOG5004Place-based Development

For students in course by coursework and dissertation only, take all units (24 points):

NSGEOG5550Research Design
S1, S2GEOG5551Master's Dissertation 1
S1, S2GEOG5552Master's Dissertation 2
S1, S2GEOG5553Master's Dissertation 3

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 36 points, of which at least 12 points (two units) must be taken at Level 5. For students in course by coursework and dissertation only, take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:

S1ECON4410Environmental and Resource Economics
S1ENVT4402Analysis for Natural Resource Management
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
NSENVT5504GIS and the Built Environment
N/APLNG4411Urban and Regional Analysis
NSPLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
NSPLNG5512Regional Planning
NSPOLS5671Peace and Security in Africa
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in the Natural Sciences
N/ASOCS4001Religion and Development
S2SOCS5001Engaging Cultural Difference
NSSOCS5010NGOs, Governance and Development
NSSOCS5013Gender in Development: Approaches and Issues
NS, S1, S2, SSSOCS5101Social Sciences Professional Placement 1
S1SOCS5502Conservation, Development and Sustainability

Economics of Development specialisation

Take all units (24 points):

S2AGRI4402Agribusiness
S1ECON4408Advanced Development Economics
S2ECON5001Contemporary Issues in Economic Development
S1ECON5002Agriculture and Economic Development

For students in course by coursework and dissertation only, take all units (24 points):

S1, S2SCIE5550Research Design
S1, S2SCIE5551Master's Dissertation 1
S1, S2SCIE5552Master's Dissertation 2
S1, S2SCIE5553Master's Dissertation 3

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 36 points, of which at least 6 points (one unit) must be taken at Level 5. For students in course by coursework and dissertation only, take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:

S1ECON4410Environmental and Resource Economics
S1ENVT4402Analysis for Natural Resource Management
NSENVT4404Environmental Planning and Management
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
NSENVT5504GIS and the Built Environment
NSGEOG4001Population, Migration and Development
NSGEOG5003Mining and Regional Development
NSGEOG5004Place-based Development
N/APLNG4411Urban and Regional Analysis
NSPLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
NSPLNG5512Regional Planning
NSPOLS5671Peace and Security in Africa
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in the Natural Sciences
N/ASOCS4001Religion and Development
S2SOCS5001Engaging Cultural Difference
NSSOCS5010NGOs, Governance and Development
NSSOCS5013Gender in Development: Approaches and Issues
NS, S1, S2, SSSOCS5101Social Sciences Professional Placement 1

Politics and Development specialisation

Take all units (24 points):

NSPOLS5671Peace and Security in Africa
NSSOCS5010NGOs, Governance and Development
NSSOCS5013Gender in Development: Approaches and Issues
S1SOCS5502Conservation, Development and Sustainability

For students in course by coursework and dissertation only, take all units (24 points):

NSSOCS5003Research Design
S1, S2SOCS5551Master's Dissertation 1
S1, S2SOCS5552Master's Dissertation 2
S1, S2SOCS5553Master's Dissertation 3

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 36 points. For students in course by coursework and dissertation only, take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:

S1ECON4410Environmental and Resource Economics
S1ENVT4402Analysis for Natural Resource Management
NS, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
NSENVT5504GIS and the Built Environment
NSGEOG4001Population, Migration and Development
NSGEOG5003Mining and Regional Development
NSGEOG5004Place-based Development
N/APLNG4411Urban and Regional Analysis
NSPOLS5611Religion, Global Identities and World Politics
N/APOLS5686International Norms, Ethics and Human Rights
N/APOLS5687Global Social Movements
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in the Natural Sciences
N/ASOCS4001Religion and Development
S2SOCS5001Engaging Cultural Difference
NSSOCS5003Research Design
NS, S1, S2, SSSOCS5101Social Sciences Professional Placement 1
NSSOCS5501Evaluation

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) (i) a relevant bachelor's degree, that aligns with one of the specialisations of this course, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent;

or

(b) (i) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent; and

(iii) at least two years of relevant professional experience related to international development.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on—

(a) the admission requirements under Rule 4;

and

(b) for applicants under Rule 4(b) (iii):

(i) a curriculum vitae; and

(ii) a satisfactory personal statement, as recognised by UWA.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) This course has the following exit awards:

  • 73250 Graduate Certificate in International Development (24 points)
  • 73350 Graduate Diploma in International Development (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of International Development course before completing it, but after having completed 24 points at Level 4 or Level 5, including two core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in International Development.

(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of International Development course before completing it, but after having completed 48 points at Level 4 or Level 5, including two core units, and at least two specialisation units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in International Development.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which includes conversion units to a value of 24 points, course core units and specialisation units. The course comprises the following specialisations:

  • SP-DEVEC Economics of Development
  • SP-DEVPP Development Policy and Practice
  • SP-PODEV Politics and Development

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed a bachelor's degree that aligns with the chosen specialisation in the course are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules

Research project

13. Students who request approval to undertake a research project in this course must have achieved—

(a) a 70 per cent average in 24 points of coursework comprising Level 4 or 5 units, with a minimum of 18 points core units of the Master of International Development in order to undertake the Research Design unit aligned with their specialisation;

and

(b) a minimum of 70 per cent in the Research Design unit in order to continue with the research project and take the remaining three 6-point units aligned with their specialisation.